Bear's Mill

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Bear's Mill
Bears Mill - Greenville OH.jpg
Front of the mill
Bear's Mill is located in Ohio
Bear's Mill
Bear's Mill is located in the US
Bear's Mill
Location6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Rd.
Nearest cityGreenville, Ohio
Coordinates40°6′24″N 84°32′31″W / 40.10667°N 84.54194°W / 40.10667; -84.54194Coordinates: 40°6′24″N 84°32′31″W / 40.10667°N 84.54194°W / 40.10667; -84.54194
Area6 acres (2.4 ha)
ArchitectWilliam Moses; Manning Hart
NRHP reference #75001372[1]
Added to NRHPJune 10, 1975
Detail of belt drive equipment inside mill
Buhr stone and description of dressing

Bear's Mill is a historic gristmill near the city of Greenville in Darke County, Ohio, United States. Built in 1849,[1] this watermill is the oldest existing industrial building in Darke County. Built by Manning Hart,[2] a local contractor,[3] the mill lies along Greenville Creek in southwestern Adams Township, midway between Greenville and the village of Gettysburg.[4] It was purchased before its completion by Pennsylvanian Gabriel Bear, who completed and opened the mill in 1849. After his locally made millstones proved faulty, Bear travelled to France, where he acquired stones of a type regarded worldwide as of highest quality.[2]

The mill is a wooden building with a stone foundation and a metal roof.[5] It remained in continuous operation for well over a century, slowing from full capacity only in the late 1970s when the miller decided to go into partial retirement. Since then, the mill has continued in use: partially as a milling museum, and partially as a gristmill.[2] In 1975, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[1] qualifying because of its architecture and because of its significance in Ohio's history.[5] Today, the mill is operated by the Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and operating the mill as a historic landmark.[6]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 301.
  3. ^ The History of Darke County, Ohio: Containing A History of the County; Its Cities, Towns, etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Darke County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, etc., etc. Chicago: Beers, 1880, 498.
  4. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, 54. ISBN 0-89933-281-1.
  5. ^ a b Bear's Mill, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-08-13.
  6. ^ Friends of Bear's Mill Archived September 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Bear's Mill, n.d. Accessed 2010-08-13.

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