The Oldest Mill in Ohio

Built in 1824, Rock Mill is a historic grist mill found in Fairfield County. Built out of oak and sitting 90 ft above the Hocking River Falls, it was used to grind wheat and corn into flour until 1905. From there, it fell into disrepair and sat vacant until it was donated to the county in 2003 where it has gone through a long renovation process.

Constructed in 2012, this 26 foot water wheel is a replica of the original wheel used.

Constructed in 2012, this 26 foot water wheel is a replica of the original wheel used.

    Standing 6 stories tall, Rock Mill is attributed with being the first mill built in Fairfield County and is thought to be the oldest still standing in Ohio. As old as the mill is, its history goes back even a little further. The mill currently standing is actually the second mill built here. The original mill was built in 1799 and sat in the ravine as opposed to above it settled by two men, Joseph Loveland and Hezekiah Smith. They built the first mill and as a response, it became a center for trade and a stopping place for people traveling west. They built a store, tavern and eventually a distillery to make whiskey. The distillery eventually ended up causing the downfall for the two men because they were eventually run out of town. The original mill was eventually destroyed by a flood in 1820, where four years later the current mill was built by Christian Morehart. 

This bridge was built by a man named, Jacob "Bluejeans" Brandt. So you know it was made to last.

This bridge was built by a man named, Jacob "Bluejeans" Brandt. So you know it was made to last.

    Also standing directly beside this landmark is an original covered bridge built in 1901. Making this small area a very unique and highly historical area for all of us Ohioans. If you want to learn more about the history and to see some old photos of, it please visit the links below where I obtained all of my information. 

http://www.foorgenealogy.com/rockmill.html 

http://www.historicalparks.org/rock-mill-park/

Native Americans called this place Hock-Hocking

Native Americans called this place Hock-Hocking