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Hoover Mill

History of Hoover Mill

Noah Hoover, President Hoover's great-uncle, established this mill site in the 1840's. He operated the mill with a 27' wooden waterwheel and ran three sets of buhrstones.

The present mill is a reproduction of the original Hoover Mill. Don Theis restored the present mill building in 1976. A new waterwheel with a 27' diameter and a 2' face was installed. Fitzwater Wheel Company in Hanover, Pennsylvania manufactured the wheel. There is a large pipe that channels the water to the overshot waterwheel from the millpond.

The Hoover Mill is a small 1/2-story structure with a full basement. The basement and foundation are laid in stone. The upper portion of the structure is covered with lap siding, the windows are 6 over 6 double-hung, and asphalt shingles cover the roof. There is a small shelter roof built over the wheel.

The most impressive feature about Hoover Mill is the size of the huge waterwheel against the small mill building. It is an attractive mill but it has not been maintained, and appears to be falling into a state of disrepair in 1989. If you notice the following photos from 2011 you can see that the mill has been restored. (Miller, E. Irene)

DIRECTIONS: Miami County. Union Township. From West Milton, south on S.R. 48, 2 miles on left, directly across from Montgomery County Line Road, (at county line) sits back a drive .1 mile. Watch out for the dogs.

 

Hoover Mill, Miami County, Ohio. Exterior. Large waterwheel.
Photo 1989.
Hoover Mill, Miami County, Ohio. Photograph 2011. Metal Waterwheel.
Photo 2011
Hoover Mill, Miami County, Ohio. Photograph 2011. Metal Waterwheel.
Metal Waterwheel.
Hoover Mill, Miami County, Ohio. Photograph 2011. Metal Waterwheel.
Rear of mill.

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