New Hope Mills Complex

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New Hope Mills Complex
(April 2005)
New Hope Mills Complex is located in New York
New Hope Mills Complex
Location Glen Haven Rd. and NY 41A
New Hope, Cayuga County, New York
Coordinates: 42°47′55″N 76°20′49″W / 42.79861°N 76.34694°W / 42.79861; -76.34694
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1823
Architect Judge Charles Kellogg
Architectural style 19th Century vernacular
Governing body private
NRHP Reference # 05000158[1]
Added to NRHP March 15, 2005

The New Hope Mills Complex is a historic grist mill complex located on Glen Haven Road near the intersection with Route 41A in the hamlet of New Hope in the town of Niles in Cayuga County, New York. The complex includes the mill building, two vernacular dwellings, a 1910s gambrel roofed storage barn, a 1935 saw mill, two concrete faced dams, and a 1-acre (4,000 m2) mill pond.


The grist mill was partly built in 1823 by Judge Charles Kellogg – a member of the New York State Assembly and later a United States Congressman[2] – then sold to Horace Rounds in 1851. Rounds sold it to his son, Eugene Rounds, in 1865. In 1919 it was sold to W. E. Rounds and A. Ryan,[3] and it remained in the Rounds family until 1947, when it was sold to Howard Weed, Hubert Latta, and Leland Weed and renamed the New Hope Mills. Dale Weed became the sole owner in 2001.[2]

The mill is a heavy timber framed building with several late 19th century wings containing a full array of 19th century steel roller mills and related support machinery.[4] In the 1850s, there were 14 other industries powered by water along Bear Swamp Creek. The New Hope Mill originally had a capacity of 200 bushels a day, using three stones; it converted to roller mills in 1892. Although from the exterior the waterwheel is most prominent, most of the mill's power came from a water turbine underneath the structure, which can run throughout the year if sufficient water is available. The complex has an upper mill pond, where the sawmill is located, with a 24 foot waterfall, and a lower mill pond with a 28 foot fall. Water could be stored in the upper pond to be used to run the mill the next day.[2]

The New Hope Mills company, which produces pancake, muffin, scone and cookie mixes, moved its manufacturing operations to nearby Auburn, New York in 2003,[5] but still owns the old mill and preserves it with the intention of converting it into an operating museum.[2]

The New Hope Mills Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "History". New Hope Mills Inc. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ New York State Education Department historical marker, accessed July 9, 2012
  4. ^ Nancy L. Todd (December 2004). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: New Hope Mills Complex". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  See also: "Accompanying five photos". 
  5. ^ "Our Stores". New Hope Mills, Inc. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 

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