The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

An Interview with George Irwin


George Irwin


Morgana Olbrich



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This interview focuses on volunteer George Irwin who has been with the Mill at Anselma since 1997. In that time, Mr. Irwin served as the Chairman of the West Pikeland Board of Supervisors, one of the founders of the Mill at Anselma Board of Trustees, an original board member, and a volunteer/tour guide at the Mill. Throughout the interview, Mr. Irwin walks through the process of creating the original Board of Trustees, what the original goals for the Mill were, and the restoration process. He also goes into detail about several of the millers that worked the mill from 1747 to the 1930s, as well as, what his tour guiding process is like. Mr. Irwin ends the interview by stating his future hopes and goals for the Mill at Anselma.

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Chester Springs


Mill at Anselma, Conestoga Turnpike, rural, suburban, volunteering, non-profit, oral history, Chester Springs, gristmill, milling, colonial era, Pennsylvania, Chester County, West Pikeland county, local, grain mill, feed mill, living history, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, historical site, prohibition, united states history, historic preservation, conservation, small organization, water wheel, buhr stone, touring, nature, sycamore trees, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, historic landmark, board of trustees, board of supervisors, politics, donations, French and Pickering Trust, West Chester University, start-up, meetings, the Great Depression, innovation, cider press, machine shop, sawmill, wheat, corn, farming


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 George Irwin