Benajah Cook Sawmill and Farmstead

Benajah Cook Sawmill and Farmstead (HM27KF)

Location: Galena, OH 43021 Delaware County
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N 40° 9.081', W 82° 49.283'

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Benajah Cook and the families who settled in Harlem
Township, Delaware County are honored for creating
a community of productive farms. The Benajah
and Cassandra Cook family arrived when the land
was forested and settled on 500 acres of the 4,000
acres that Benajah purchased at a sheriff's auction
on June 12, 1807. The millrace, visible along the
north side of Duncan Run near the Gorsuch Road
Bridge is the last vestige of the sawmill operated
by Benajah on the Cook farmstead. The Cook
farmstead was listed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 1977.

Upstream from the millrace are traces of the
foundation for a dam or wooden weir constructed
across Duncan Run. Logs were floated down Duncan
Run at times of high water and stored in the mill
pond. They were then sorted and moved single
file along the race to the sawmill. The millrace
facilitated the movement of logs and turned the
mill wheel that drove the up and down motion of
the saw. The lumber produced was used primarily
in construction on local farms, and the cleared
land became farm fields.
HM NumberHM27KF
Year Placed2013
Placed ByHarlem Township Heritage, Inc. and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 344866 N 4446146
Decimal Degrees40.15135000, -82.82138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 9.081', W 82° 49.283'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 9' 4.86" N, 82° 49' 16.98" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12217-12501 Township Hwy 27, Galena OH 43021, US
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