Chipman's Mill

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Chipman's Mill
Chipman's Mill is located in Delaware
Chipman's Mill
Chipman's Mill is located in the US
Chipman's Mill
Location East of Laurel on Road 465, Laurel, Delaware
Coordinates 38°33′42″N 75°32′24″W / 38.56167°N 75.54000°W / 38.56167; -75.54000Coordinates: 38°33′42″N 75°32′24″W / 38.56167°N 75.54000°W / 38.56167; -75.54000
Area less than one acre
Built 1884 (1884)
Built by Chipman, Joseph
NRHP Reference # 78000918[1]
Added to NRHP May 22, 1978

Chipman's Mill was located near Laurel, Delaware, and is now the name of a Delaware State Park which encompasses the mill pond, including a boat ramp for fishing (now the primary activity). Chipman's Mill functioned into the late 1940s.[2] Arson destroyed the structures in November 1986.

The relatively remote area had been one of the last remaining residences of the Lenni Lenape, who left Delaware and the Chipman's Pond area in 1748.[3] Settlers soon came, attracted by the available timber and water power. Christ Church was built nearby, which still survives.

The destroyed mill had two structures. In 1884, Joseph Chipman had built a one storey mill over the millrace (which survives), which contained turbines and millstones. The wooden superstructure featured mortise and tenon joinery. An adjoining two story section was moved to the site from elsewhere.[2]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Norton, Joan M.; Nelson, Dean E. (October 1977). "Natrional Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination: Chipman's Mill" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ Raymond B. Clark, Jr., Delaware Church Records p. 24 (St. Michaels Maryland 1986)citing Scharf's History of Delaware