|Blackwell's Mill as illustrated on the 1860 Farm Map.|
|The Blackwell's Mills School House from a postcard circa 1906.|
|Detail from the Farm Map of 1860|
showing the location of the village, store, residences, and school (my annotation).
|Broach's store, as illustrated on the 1860 Farm Map.|
|The Millstone River, Blackwell's Mills Bridge,|
and remnants of the mill after the April 1905 fire.
|The residence of William Blackwell, as illustrated on the 1860 Farm Map.|
|The residence of F.C. Blackwell, as illustrated on the 1860 Farm Map.|
Blackwell's is situated on the west bank of the Millstone, about two miles south of the village of Millstone. Here is a flourishing flour- and grist-mill, owned by John L. Oakey, Esq. Half a dozen houses are in the immediate vicinity, a store kept by Cornelius H. Broach, and a school near by. A bridge crosses the Millstone at this point to Franklin Township. A mill has existed here since 1746, originally built by Peter Schenck. A post-office was established in 1872.
A fire on the evening of April 26, 1905, completely destroyed the mill which had recently been equipped with new machinery and was then valued at $12,000 (more than $350,000 today). The property, along with three houses and 17 acres of land was scheduled to be sold at auction on July 7, 1905, but the auction was stopped when bids were far below the appraised value.
|5 July 1905 Home News|
|From the 1912 Report to the Commissioner on Roads.|
|Blackwell's Mills causeway, circa 1906.|