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Hopkins Old Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill

This History was written in 1988 - 1989.

The original mill at this site was constructed in 1804 by Col. John Garrett. The present mill building was constructed on Garrett's original foundation made of whole tree trunks. These tree trunks can still be seen in the basement level. John Vanderslice owned the mill in 1940 when the structure suffered severe damage from fire. Robert C. Hopkins acquired the mill in 1943. Ultimately, Mrs. Bruce Ginther, Hopkins' daughter, became owner of the mill. In 1972, The Tushar Family bought the mill. Brothers Phil and Mike and their father Charles embarked on the restoration of Hopkins Old Water Mill.

By 1977, Hopkins Old Water Mill had been placed into operation grinding corn, rye, buckwheat, producing pancake flour, yellow cornmeal and whole wheat flour. The Tushar's repaired the dam, restored the millrace and hired Loren Cameron and his sons, Ed and Wayne from Damascus, Ohio to build a 19' tall, 10' wide, wooden waterwheel. The Cameron's also assisted with the acquisition of a 3,000 pound set of French buhrstones.

Today, Hopkins Old Water Mill is open to the public. The exterior of the mill exhibits a beautiful mill dam, millrace and functioning waterwheel that powers the millstones. The interior of the mill is designed to allow the public to inspect the waterwheel and milling equipment. Antique milling machines are on display. Garrettsville presents events all year long that include a Heritage Days and a Christmas Walk. Call (216) 527-2705 for special events at the Hopkins Old Water Mill. ("Garretts Mill"; "Garrettsville's 1804 Mill"; "Hopkins Old Water Mill"; Wiet).

As of September 2011, the mill interior equipment is not available for the public. You can see what was part of the histoical old mill equipment in the above photographs from 1988. The exterior maintenance of the mill has suffered. The water wheel is no longer functioning nor any of the interior milling equipment. The flume and associated area has been over run with brush. Hopefully, our economy will start cranking again and some owners or township trustee members will find it in their budget to recognize the historic landmark that makes Garrettsville on the map in Ohio.

DIRECTIONS: Portage County. Hiram Township. In Garrettsville, at 8148 Main Street.

Click Here for Google Map and location of the mill, dam and sluice.

Above is a YouTube video about Hopkins Old Water Mill aka Garrettsville Mill

 

Hopkins Old Water Mill
First Set of Photos are from 1988

Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Exterior.
1988
Exterior from thhe bridge on Main Street at the Mill corner.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Exterior.
1988 at the bridge on Main Street.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Exterior.
Water wheel before sluice gate was opened.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Exterior.
There is a dam upstream where a concrete flume was designed to allow the waters to access the overshot wooden water wheel.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Exterior.
Again from the bridge on Main Street.
The photograph in 1988 shows the concrete flume at the center of this picture and the concrete dam at the top of the stream. The mill pond can also be seen just behind the dam. The dam was built upon a series of waterfalls.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Interior.
Mill Stones covered with stone case, shoe, hopper.
The crane has an upright pillar, with a large swing bracket or beam. From the end of the bracket there is an iron screw that is attached to two iron arms or bales. Each of the arms terminates with a hook or pin. The two hooks are inserted into holes on the opposite side of the runner millstone. When the mill stone is lifted, the hook and stone are symmetrically balanced. Then the stone is flipped face up or down, whatever is required to dress and sharpen the stone.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Interior.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Interior.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Interior.
Elevators that move the grain up and through the milliing process.
Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettsville, Ohio. Portage County.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Front Postcard 1989.
This postcard was purchased at the mill in 1988.
Hopkins Old Water Mill, Garrettsville,  Portage County, Ohio. Back Side of Postcard.



Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill
Photographs September 2011

Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
September 2011
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Concrete dam built on top of the waterfall.
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Concrete Flume on left.
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Concrete Flume (center top), Sluice Gate (on left) and concrete dam (bottom).
It is unfortunate that the exterior mill structure is not being maintained.
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011 Ground Hog.
Ground Hog
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Mill Stone
Cast Iron Pulley
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Pulleys displayed in Mill Restaurant.
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Cast Iron Shaft & Pulleys
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Old Hopkins Water Mill / Garrettsville Mill.  Garrettesville, Ohio. Portage County. 2011
Close Up Water Wheel September 2011


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