Q&A Session with Durham Historical Society Directors

You may be aware of the advances being made on the Durham Mill restoration. Here’s a chance to talk to the Society’s Directors and find out what else is on their agenda. Also, we are interested in any input you may have on what else you’d like to see the Society doing. More presentations/programs? More hands-on workshops? Continued efforts on restoring the mill itself? Expansion of the museum? Maybe you have other ideas. In any event, you are invited to join the Directors on Sunday, June 9th in the Durham Mill at 2:00 for a general open discussion

 For those of you who’d like to tour the mill, that option will be available. Looking forward to seeing you at the mill on Sunday.

April Speaker – The Lost Town of Uhlersville

On Sunday, April 28 at 2pm at the Durham Mill, Beth Weaver from Riegelsville will speak on Peter Uhler and the no-longer-in-existence village of Uhlersville, a once very active enclave just north of Riegelsville. Beth has done considerable research on the topic and this will be an opportunity to learn about an interesting and important personage of our area.

The event is free but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Durham Mill Open House and Tour

As most of you know, Durham Community Day was canceled this year because of inclement weather. The Historical Society was going to be offering tours of the Mill including a special one for kids. We also wanted to introduce people to our recently established museum of collected artifacts. We’ve decided to have an open house at the Mill on November 18th from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Everyone is welcome. The kids’ tour is scheduled for 12:00 noon. Adult tours will be given on the hour. Come see our historical collection and the Mill’s new, vastly improved lighting system. Hope to see you on the 18th.

Donations Gratefully Received

Over the past several months the Society has received a number of wonderful donations, both to add to our archived collection and the donations of technological apparatus and physical labor. Of these last two, Blake Timochenko certainly stands out for his generosity. Knowing our plans to place information kiosks in the mill, he took it upon himself to supply us with the necessary hardware and technological assistance to make this a reality. In addition, seeing the need to shore up the loose stones in the wall near the waterwheel to avoid potential injury, Blake worked with a local contractor who, as Blake did, volunteered time to handle the problem. Blake also has donated antique tools now placed in our collection. We are truly appreciative of his work and generosity.

Display kiosk for Durham history overview,
donated and assembled by Blake Timochenko

Les Williams is a local collector of tools and equipment used in the milling industry. He has very generously gifted several valuable items to our collection. Two of these implements were used to level out the millstones while their cleaning and sharpening process was being performed. Most recently he donated equipment used to lift the millstones together with three of the sharpening hammers used in refurbishing the stones. He also built a display stand to show the equipment to its best advantage. The Society is truly grateful to Mr. Williams for his interest and generosity. 

Jim and Jack Little as young boys spent a lot of time exploring Cooks Creek where it flowed through their farm about a quarter mile from the Delaware River. They found cannon balls that had been made at the original Durham Furnace. Jim and his wife Diane, upon the passing of Jack, donated these as well as other items of interest (including stone axes, arrowheads, and a baking mold) to the Society. In addition to the historical items, Jim and Diane also donated 15 prints depicting the French and Indian War period. These prints were donated with the stipulation that they could be sold or used in any other fashion to raise money for the Society. The generosity of people like the Little’s is to be commended and we are grateful for the interest they have shown in the Society.