The Paper Mill House

Yesterday, I happened to be driving by The Paper Mill House in Newtown Square. I was lucky again in having another historic site all to myself.

In the early farming days in Newtown Square (1700s), mills provided the community with bare essentials. Of course, there were saw mills to cut lumber to build houses and barns and secondly grist mills to grind their grain to make flour for cooking.

In the 1800s manufacturing mills came about and then woolen mills, tilt and blade mills, and paper mills.

By the way, don’t you love this log bench?

The Paper Mill House is located on Darby Creek. The oldest section dates back to 1770. It was used as a residence to workers who were employed at the numerous local mills along the creek.

The building is situated on 4.5 acres and was restored in the early 1980’s. It is  listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you look at my Instagram feed, you can watch a couple of brief videos I took of The Paper Mill House as well as another video of Darby Creek. (Videos have a white arrow.)

Even though I did not go inside due to it being Thursday, I found out about the layout inside.The first floor has reproductions of a colonial parlor & bedroom along with a reproduction 19th century general store.

The second floor includes local history exhibits and the attic is an office with archives.

The basement has a reproduction colonial kitchen

This walkway leads to the front of the house.

I like how they made a simple and basic rectangular flower bed between the doors and also the raised bed on the grass.

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The house is open for tours on Saturdays in July & August from 1 to 4pm and also by appointment.

I spied a nest inside.

When it comes to history, Pennsylvania will knock anyone’s socks off. There are countless places where you can dip into 18th-century life.



Solid Image-Bonus Room

The ground level bonus room is painted. We’re ready to install flooring next.

The primed west wall before rolling…

And after rolling…

John will make a small door for the drain in the corner…

Next: Brandywine Valley

Solid Image-Mudroom

John will build cubbies for this wall and the wall on the right.

I took this photo at 2:00pm when the north-facing mudroom is filled with natural light.

Only two minutes later I took this photo standing in a different spot and the wall appears darker.

John will build a bench underneath the window.

The outlet is left of the door. The light from the window behind me and back door to the right brightens and lightens the color.

The wall leading to the Bonus Room.

Let it Rain!

Yesterday, I posted a couple painting videos on Instagram. To watch, click the feed on the right.

Instagram videos can be up to one minute.

On Tuesday, John spent the day cutting in both rooms.

There are so many gray hues to choose from at Sherwin Williams.

When John brushed on the first stroke of color in the room filled with natural light, I was instantly happy.

I asked John if I could help with cutting in the bonus room. He said, “Let me do it and you can help later with the other rooms.”


Concentrating with a very steady brush…

John said, “You can tell this is quality paint; it goes on like Teflon.”

Back in the mudroom where I cracked a joke.

The mudroom faces north so the paint appears a smidge darker.

We decided to paint the beam gray and the underside white.

The wall on the right leading upstairs will be painted bright white along with the door and windowsills.

After finishing cutting in both rooms, the last step before rolling the walls is to run a spackle knife over the primed sections. This takes off any specs making a totally smooth surface before applying the finish coat.

NEXT: Rolling the walls!