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.
For more information, visit historicnewtownsquare.org.
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.