Along the long and twisting miles of shorelines of the creeks that feed the Nanticoke River there appeared, as early as the seventeenth century, the technology to feed the multitudes – the water-powered mill. Dozens of gristmills at one time operated in the lower Delmarva Peninsula, but one by one they disappeared, both operationally and physically.
Today, only one such structure remains – the mill at Double Mills, less than two miles east of Mardela Springs, Maryland on Barren Creek. Situated on almost three acres on the north side of what was a thirty-acre millpond, the building has been inoperative and deteriorating since a major winter storm washed out the road across the pond and the mill dam in 1979. In 2007 a group of descendants of the various millers who had once operated that mill, together with other neighbors and friends from the area, formed an organization that is dedicated still to restoring this symbol of an earlier thriving business and center of a community – Double Mills Inc.
At this site you can follow our progress, in addition to learning other significant facts about the Mill’s history, its products and its role in the community. We encourage visitors to our site to contribute their own memories, stories, questions, photos, and other bits of interest!
This picture of Double Mills, was taken from the Mill pond in the 1960s and was used as the Christmas card by Sherman Cooper, last full-time miller at Double Mills.