Site of Gilpin Mills

Site of Gilpin Mills (HM1ESQ)

Location: Wilmington, DE 19806 New Castle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 45.86', W 75° 33.468'

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Along this curve of the Brandywine, two brothers, Joshua and Thomas Gilpin, established the first paper mill in Delaware in 1787. Their high quality paper was handmade, one sheet at a time, from rags carted up from nearby Wilmington. In 1795, Thomas Gilpin built a mansion overlooking the mills and called it ?Kentmere' after their ancestral home in England. Thomas Gilpin revolutionized the paper industry by inventing and patenting a machine to make paper in an endless roll. Continuous paper manufacturing began on this site in August 1817. In May 1821, the famous Lavoisier's Atlas was published on Gilpin paper. The Gilpins overcame a flood in 1822 and a massive fire in 1825 before selling the business in 1837. The mills were destroyed by flooding in 1839.
Marker NumberNC-166
Year Placed2006
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 5:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 452222 N 4401749
Decimal Degrees39.76433333, -75.55780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.86', W 75° 33.468'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 51.60" N, 75° 33' 28.08" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3 Mill Rd, Wilmington DE 19806, US
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