History and Location of Douglas Mill
Other Names: Dickinson’s Mill
Years: 1860 – 1885
Structure Exists? No
Historic Site Location Precision: 50 meters
The following text is extracted from John F. McGrain, The Molinography of Maryland, Expanded, 2007 Edition for Posting Online at the Maryland State Archives.
The 1860 census showed James E. Douglas with $2000 capital investment in a sawmill with 1 employee; annual output was $1000 in lumber. Earlier, this sawmill west of Preston on Marshy Creek had belonged to Dr. Henry Fisher Willis. The 1866 Maryland State Business Directory, p. 121, listed Douglass’s Mill at Preston.
Isler’s 1875 county map showed it as Colonel James E. Douglas’s sawmill, and it appeared as a “SM” on the 1885 Martenet State map. The mill was first set on the tract Richardson’s Choice and was moved across the creek to stand on Skipton. The site was east of Poplar Neck Road at a low place on the present Haver Camp Road; the dam once supported the road.
In 1884, the site was property of James H., Mary E., and Eugene Douglass, who sold to Louis Haverkamp; in 1917, the tract passed to Annie H. Haverkamp, and is presently the property of Harlan F. Davis . The 1884 deed mentioned Douglas Saw Mill Lot and log yard. Location was 23-F-3 in the ADC Street Atlas.
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