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White's Mill

White's Mill site was established in 1816. Captain Silas Bingman built the first mill with a massive cut sandstone foundation. Bingman constructed a 10-foot wooden dam at the mill site which supplied water to the wooden waterwheel.

Joseph Herrold bought the mill in 1840. Joseph and his sons operated the mill through the early 1900's. Joseph's son, Henry, rebuilt the dam in 1884-1885. It was destroyed in a flood. In 1895, turbines were installed and replaced the wooden waterwheel. The Herrold's did not operate the flourmill for several years. Ed White purchased the mill in 1911. The new owners installed $3,600 worth of new milling equipment. The fall of 1912 saw the mill at its height of prosperity. The mill's storage area was full with 4,000 bushes of grain and 100 barrels of flour. October 2, 1912, fire destroyed the entire complex leaving only the massive cut sandstone foundation that Captain Bingman had built in 1816, almost 100 years earlier. Ed White was not easily suppressed. He located a mill in Dyesville in Meigs County on Leading Creek. Ed White purchased the old Nathan Vale flourmill, dismantled it, numbered the parts, and reconstructed it at his location on the Hocking River. Ed White continued to run the mill. In 1936 his son's Gamaliel and Erskine took over the operation. The mill has remained a family business.

"The dam is attached to the mill on the south side of the Hocking River and extends partway across the river; a portion of the dam has been lost, so the remainder of the span consists of a foundation only. The dam is of log crib construction consisting of massive hewn logs notched to create a double walled crib tied together with more notched logs, the space between the walls being filled with debris of various sorts. The top was capped with concrete in the 20th century." (Andrews). In 1961, the dam was washed out and it was repaired within the year. In 1975, the dam was seriously damaged from floodwaters. It has not been repaired. The remnant wooden dam is quite impressive and is one of only a few examples of wooden dams left in the United States as of 1989. Today, 2011 you can notice that there was a large sandstone waterfall. You can see why the mill was built on this particular spot across the Hocking River. The large sandstone was a significant portion of the constructed dam.

The original mill structure that Ed White built consisted of two sections. The main flourmill is three stories and the attached building has two stories. These two sections rest on the sandstone foundation built by Captain Bingman which creates a full basement. Since Ed White's original construction in 1915, there have been some additions to the structure. In 1945, a turbine house was added on the riverside of the three-story section. In 1954, a concrete block storeroom and office was attached to the three-story section. A pole barn was attached to the two-story section in the 1970's.

Today 2011, White's Mill operates as a nursery and feed store. The interior of the historical building exhibits massive, hewn beams. The giant cut sandstone foundation can be witnessed from the other side of the Hocking River as can the remnant in the 1989 photograph below. The history of the old mill just makes the mill site all the more interesting. (Andrews; Garber)

DIRECTIONS: Athens County. Athens Township. At the intersection of S.R. 682 and S.R. 56 on the Hocking River just west of Athens



 

Whites Mill Photographed 2011

White's Mill Athens County Ohio Exterior Front
Front exterior of Whites Mill from Route 682. The Hocking River in on the opposite side of this view. To the left you will find a delightful store full of gifts and goods for your home and garden. Just to the left of this photo you will find greenhouses full of flowers and vegtable plants in season.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Exterior Rear
This is the exterior rear of White's Mill across the Hocking River. The reason why this site was located for a mill is due to the extention of large rock sandstone. The wooden dam was built on top of the rock and then the dam had to be built deeper on the waterfall side. This location is extremely charismatic.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Exterior Rear Closeup
This is a great closeup of White's Mill. It shows the three stories above level. The basement level houses the turbine.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Exterior Closeup of Turbine House
If you look close you can see the giant cut-stone foundation laid in by Captain Silas Bingman. The literature I discovered identified the cut-sandstone foundation was built in 1816.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Exterior Remnant Dam
Pitted standstone rock at waterfall.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio. Heron.
Cool heron.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio View of Hocking River Southeast of the Mill
This is the Hocking River southeast of Whites Mill. The mill is on the right side of the river and just above the photo. Hocking River is a beautiful river. What is really cool is that you can discover the headwaters of the Hocking Hills at Rock Mill in Fairfield County.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment.
Capstone Cover. Hopper on upper right hand of picture. You can see center of the capstone.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment.
Hopper with chutes.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment.
Screw Jack to pick up the mill stone.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment.
Hand cart.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Elevators.
Chutes and storage bins.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Bagger.
Bagging chute.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Elevator on top of Roller Mill.
Chutes into roller mill.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Roller Mill.
Belts on Roller Mill.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Roller Mill.\
Closup on Roller Mill.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Roller Mill.
Roller Mill.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Roller Mill.
Roller Mill.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Hand Hewn Beam.
Center of photograph shows the hand-hewn beams.
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Hand Hewn Beam.
Closeup Hand-Hewn Column
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Hand Hewn Beam.
Adze Marks
Whites Mill Athens County Ohio Interior Equipment. Hand Hewn Beam.
Adze Marks on Column

 

 

 

 

 

Whites Mill Photgraphed 1989

White's Mill, Athens County, Ohio

White's Mill Photographed 1989
To your left you can see the partial dam still in the river.

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