Avondale Mill Site, January 2011
|Location||21 Avondale St., Laurel, Maryland|
|Architectural style||No Style Listed|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||September 20, 1979|
The Avondale Mill was a large gable-front stone structure, three stories in height, and 10 bays long by three wide. It was located on the bank of the Patuxent River in the city of Laurel, Prince George's County, Maryland. It was constructed in 1844-1845. At that time it was provided with the machinery for the manufacture of fine cloth, running 1,500 cotton spindles. In the mid-1850s, it was converted to a gristmill. The waters of the Patuxent provided a 8-9 foot fall and gave the mill 60-70 horsepower to use. George William Brown purchased the 21.7 acre property and outbuildings from Benjamin F. Crabbs, but sold his holdings in a mortgage auction on 20 October 1897. By 1904, the mill employed only 4 people, but produced $10,400 in product annually. Avondale Mill was the only one of Laurel's 19th century mills to have survived into the late 20th century. A devastating fire on December 19, 1991, destroyed the mill. The remains were then demolished and the site cleared for use as a community park.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- United States. Census Office. 10th Census, 1880, Francis Amasa Walker, Charles Williams Seaton, Henry Gannett. Census reports Tenth census. June 1, 1880, Volume 16.
- Evening Star. 14 January 1897. p. 7.
- Bureau of Statistics and Information, Maryland. Annual report, Volumes 14-16. Commissioner of Labor and Statistics, Maryland. State Board of Labor and Statistics, Maryland. Bureau of Industrial Statistics
- "Avondale Mill". Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- Avondale Mill, Prince George's County, Inventory No.: PG:LAU-4, including photo in 1978, at Maryland Historical Trust website
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