The Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center is located near Milford, DE. The site contains natural areas, a trail system, pond, stream, and nature center in addition to the Mill itself. Stop in for a visit your family will enjoy, and make sure to join us on one of our “Running of the Mill” days. (see below for details).
Abbott’s Mill’s rich history dates back to 1795, when Nathaniel Wiley dammed Johnson’s Branch and built a saw mill. Names, owners, and equipment changed over the past two centuries as it transitioned to grist stones and roller mills. Ainsworth Abbott, the last miller who retired in 1963, sold the mill to the state of Delaware exactly as it functioned until his retirement.
Abbott’s Mill is now managed by Delaware Nature Society for the State of Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. The mill’s water turbine, grist stones, and roller mills are all operational following an extensive preservation project that started in 2004. Elliott Workman, Land and Facilities Coordinator for Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, will be offering guided tours of this regional treasure on “Running of the Mill” days throughout the year. Experience the rush of water through the turbine and the rumble of the stones as you step back into Delaware’s milling tradition.
Running of the Mill – 2009
Cost: Free for DNS members, $5 for non-members
Saturday, February 7th
Saturday, May 2nd
Saturday, August 1st
Saturday, October 17th
Note: Private tours available upon request (302) 422-0847 or firstname.lastname@example.org