Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1850 Survey Map in Marshallton

The map shows Newport Road, now called Duncan Road, leading down to and intersecting with, what the artist called, Stanton Road (Known as Greenbank Road today), then crosses bridge (Hersey's Bridge) over the Red Clay Creek.
It was created in 1850 by J. Lobb for Jacob Yarnell. Not sure if there was a relation to the Yarnells that owned the tavern which stood at Brandywine Springs. The map also shows land owned by B. W. Duncan, John Marshall and James Cranston

Monday, April 15, 2013

Oliver Evans...National Geographic....April 2013

The paragraph below was taken from an article in the April 2013 National Geographic on Delaware’s National Park. I know it is focused on the Brandywine but it is too bad the paragraph does not mention his family’s mill or any other mill along The Red Clay Creek where he invented and installed his process.

"Yet the du Ponts were, in a sense, late arrivals. It wasn’t a French aristocrat who launched the industrial revolution along the Brandywine, but rather a Delaware shoemaker’s son named Oliver Evans, one of America’s greatest unheralded inventors and the godfather of automated manufacturing. In the 1780s he created a new system of flour milling that, with an ingenious arrangement of water-driven wheels, gears, and shafts, almost removed human labor from the process of turning wheat into flour. Visiting millers were incredulous to see Evans’s mill grinding busily away as if by magic, completely unattended, while the owner himself worked placidly in a nearby field. Soon Evans-style gristmills—for which the inventor received the third U.S. patent ever granted—were lining both banks of the Brandywine, and their basic principles were being adapted to manufacture paper, textiles, and other products. The Brandywine Valley was to automation what Silicon Valley would later be to micro-processing."