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A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Baltimore Co. | Maryland | USA | c. 1793
Township: Reistertown 4th District. | Watersource: Gwynns Falls


A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 08/26/2009

In 1793 Samuel Owings acquired land next to Gwynn's Falls and he constructed a 3 story brick mill 50' X 60', c. 1798.

A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 08/26/2009

He bought the Welles Mill, upstream, to obtain water rights. In 1848, Francis Abraham and Jacob Groff acquired the mill.

A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 08/26/2009

In 1854, the Groffs renamed the mill. They placed purple bricks on the south outer wall forming the words "Eureka Mills."

A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 08/26/2009

In 1856 Benjamin Groff, from Pennsylvania, obtained control of the mill. In 1859 the outside water wheel is replaced with an underground turbine.

A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 08/26/2009

In 1888 B. F. Groff installed the roller process. William D. Groff gained control in 1906 and flour production was stopped.

A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 08/26/2009

Most of the milling equipment was sold in 1907 and the mill became a fuel and feed store.

A.E. Groff's Flour Mill / Owings Upper Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 08/26/2009

The Groff family has worked the mill for over 150 years. It was still open in 1993. GPS: 76' 46.58W, 39' 25.20N

Directions: This mill is located at 10401 Reisterstown Road in the town of Owing's Mill. The mill really sits on Groff Lane east of Sh 140/Reisterstown Road.
 
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