The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

The Mill at Anselma Walking Tour


Will Shaw


Morgana Olbrich



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Susanna Throop and Johanna Mellis


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As opposed to an interview, this recording features a walking tour of the Mill at Anselma, which is conducted by volunteer Will Shaw. Mr. Shaw starts the tour at the Spring House before working his way to the Night Miller’s House, Post Office, headrace, second floor of the mill, water wheel, tailrace, and then the first floor of the mill. Throughout the tour, Mr. Shaw provides tidbits about the various millers who worked from the mid-1700s to the late 1900s as well as the technological changes that have been made along the way. To see pictures of what Mr. Shaw is discussing throughout the interview, please download the transcript located under the audio. The document is large and may take a few minutes to download. For more information about Mr. Shaw, please check out An Interview with Amy and Will Shaw.

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Chester Springs


Mill at Anselma, volunteering, non-profit, oral history, Chester Springs, Sarah Oberholtzer, Sarah Louisa Vickers, gristmill, grain, milling, colonial era, Pennsylvania, Chester County, West Pikeland county, local, feed mill, living history, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, historical site, united states history, historic preservation, conservation, small organization, water wheel, buhr stone, walking tour, touring, nature, sycamore trees, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, historic landmark


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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The Mill at Anselma Walking Tour