The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

An Interview with Paul Hammill


Paul Hammill


Morgana Olbrich



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This interview features volunteer Paul Hammill, who has been with the Mill at Anselma since its first public opening around 2000. Mr. Hammill not only volunteers at the Mill, but he also works maintenance and is one of the members on the Mill at Anselma Board of Trustees. In the interview, he discusses the changes that have occurred at the Mill, like the building of the chicken coop and the barn, as well as some special events that have occurred at the Mill, like archaeological digs and war reenactments. Mr. Hammill also takes time to talk about his favorite miller, Oliver Collins, and why he thinks that the Mill and its history should be remembered today. Mr. Hammill concludes his interview by stating the changes he would like to see made at the Mill and his future hopes for both the Mill and its surrounding community.

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Chester Springs


Mill at Anselma, volunteering, non-profit, Board of Trustees, Board Member, oral history, Chester Springs, Oliver Collins, gristmill, milling, colonial era, Pennsylvania, Chester County, West Pikeland county, local, grain mill, feed mill, living history, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, historical site, United States history, historic preservation, conservation, small organization, water wheel, buhr stone, touring, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, historic landmark, Community Courier, estate sale, machinery, machine, maintenance, auction, French and Pickering Trust, production grind, sharpening stone, archaeological dig, archaeology, electricity, National Historic Landmark Status, drill press, rustic, the Great Depression


Digital Humanities | Economic History | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Oral History | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | United States History


This interview was funded by the Abele Family Foundation and conducted at the Mill at Anselma.

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An Interview with Paul Hammill