Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Grain Mill in Lancaster County

Grain Mill in Lancaster County

A black and white photograph of the exterior of a mid to late eighteenth century grain mill.

During the 1750s the Philadelphia hinterlands were evolving into the breadbasket of the British Empire. Grain mills, like the one in this photo, were concentrated in Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress

During the 1750s, the Philadelphia hinterlands were evolving into the breadbasket of the British Empire. Grain mills, like this one in Lancaster County, were concentrated in Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. This part of the Greater Philadelphia region was where areas of fertile farmland met with abundant sources of water power. The combination of these two qualities made these regions a natural choice for the location of grain mills during the colonial era.

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