Maclay's Mill was built along the area near the Conodoguinet Creek which was first settled in 1742 by Charles Maclay, Sr., who had arrived in America eight years prior. The mill was built around 1786 by Charles' son John Maclay. Although there is controversy as to the date, one family narrative includes a legend that the mill race leading to John Maclay's grist mill was dug by Hessian prisoners of war during the American Revolution. The mill lasted seven generations until it was dismantled in 1918 after being sold to Clarence Stouffer. Over its lifetime the mill was the childhood home of two United States Senators, William Maclay (politician) and Samuel Maclay, this also being the birthplace of the latter of the two.
- Bowling and Veit, The Diary of William Maclay, 431
- John G. Orr, "Early Grist Mills of Lurgan Township," Kittochtinny Historical Society Papers 1 (1904):91
- Margaret Maclay Patterson and Jacob Crider, "History of Maclay's Mill," in The Shippensburg Historical Society: A Fifty Year Retrospective, 1945-1995 (Shippensburg, Pa.: Shippensburg Historical Society, 1995), 93
- Wescott, K. (2000, May 7). Maclay family. Retrieved from http://www.fortunecity.com/business/ellrd/1434/d62.htm#P3153
- Biographical Annals of Franklin County Pennsylvania. Chicago, IL: The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1905. 147. Print.
- Biographical Annals of Franklin County Pennsylvania. Chicago, IL: The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1905. 148. Print.
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