Abner Cloud Mill

Abner Cloud Mill (HM2EAR)

Location: Washington, DC 20016
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.174', W 77° 6.133'

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Echoes of Millstones

—Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service —

Baking bread, frying cornbead and eating "stick to your ribs" oatmeal, all have one thing in common; their ingredients started out at a grist mill. Decades before the sounds of lockhorns and mule hooves clopping by, mills were popping up along the Potomac River and the early Patowmack Canal that skirted Little Falls. The area in front of you was occupied by the grist mill, built and operated by Abner Cloud in 1801. Water supplied to this mill came from the Patowmack Company Skirting Canal.

Cloud operated the mill until his death in 1812, and his widow, Suzanne, continued to operate it until 1852. The mill changed hands throughout the following decades, at various times known as the Frizzle Mill and Cloud-Edes Mill. The National Park Service uncovered the building remains in 2010. It is speculated that wheat, corn and oat flour milled here was carried by the C&O Canal boats. As you view the ruins, imagine the sound of the water wheel on the nearby stream pushing the mill stones as they clatter round and round.
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 10:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 317750 N 4309951
Decimal Degrees38.91956667, -77.10221667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.174', W 77° 6.133'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 10.44" N, 77° 6' 7.98" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Capital Crescent Trail, Washington DC 20016, US
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