Just Published: Old Mills of Conococheague Creek

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania – The publishing arm of the Conococheague Institute announces the arrival of its latest book Old Mills of Conococheague Creek. This richly illustrated one hundred and seventy-page volume will be available in early January.

Written by historian Dan Guzy, author of The Black Boys Uprising of 1765: Traders, Troops & “Rioters” during Pontiac’s War and Navigation on the Upper Potomac River and Its Tributaries, the book includes one hundred and sixty four illustrations (photos, drawings, maps, and newspaper clippings). This book tells the story of historic water-powered mills along the banks of Conococheague Creek and its tributaries in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and Washington County, Maryland. These include mills in the colonial period that began villages and roads, those during milling’s nineteenth-century heyday, and those seeing diminishing demand in the twentieth century.

In addition to telling how local agriculture, markets, and transportation influenced the development of Conococheague mills, the book also explains how evolving technology and changing ownerships affected the mills over time. Six chapters serve as guidebooks to specific mills in the region.

The book discusses over one hundred mills on over one hundred and fifty Conococheague sites. These include nearly eighty grist mills, as well as many sawmills, woolen mills, and paper mills.

Old Mills of Conococheague Creek can be purchased for $17.95 + tax & shipping from C.I. by calling 717-328-3467.

The Conococheague Institute for the Study of Cultural Heritage serves as a regional center for developing and fostering awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. We strive to achieve our mission through education, research, and preservation. Local people pronounce the Native American word “Conococheague”: CONICA (rhymes with “Monica”) JIG (like the Irish dance). In 1822, Conococheague was defined as meaning, “Long indeed, very long indeed” thanks to the extreme winding path of the creek.