Against all odds, Greenbank Mill survives and throws a party!

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Greenbank MillToday was the 15th annual sheep shearing day and herb sale at historic Greenbank Mills and Phillips Farm in Wilmington, Delaware.  I had not been to the Mill in many years, and was anxious to meet the sheep and the people who volunteer to staff the complex.


 The first mill at Greenbank was reportedly called the Swede’smillrace Mill dating from 1677. Red Clay CreekNot much is known of this mill except a vague description and undeciphered archaeological remains. In the 1760’s, the present gristmill was built as a merchant mill to export flour. According to local legend, George Washington posted a guard at the mill when American troops took up positions along the Red Clay Creek after the Battle of Cooches Bridge..


Surviving the centuries, the mill suffered a devastating fire in 1969, then Hurricane Phillips HouseFloyd wreaked havoc in 1999,  followed by a 2003 freak storm bringing 12 feet of water down the Red Clay Creek in 2 hours time.  Since 1987, a non-profit group, Greenbank Mill Associates has owned the property, acquiring the adjacent Phillips House in 1997.



There is a young couple living in the house now as resident Phillips interiorcurators. I spoke to the young woman, Christina, who, with her family members with plumbing and contracting experience, has been gradually repairing damage left by many years of neglect.




Shearingwooly sheepAnd then there are the Leicester Longwoods and Delaine Merino Sheep, which were getting their Spring shearing today. Craftspeople were carding and dying wool, and even making colorful roping from the wool, which was strong enough for some youngsters to use for a game of tug of war!

A bonus was that I got a nice little lavender plant to remind me of the day!




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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carolyn, that would be a fun day, and have never experienced that.  A lavender plant would be cool too.

Apr 27, 2019 04:01 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carolyn, loved reading this post and the natural catastrophes were overcome by human generosity and caring, more post like this should be written:))Endre

Apr 27, 2019 10:42 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

good morning Carolyn. This is soooo different from anything in my experience and yet it is appealing.

Apr 28, 2019 05:23 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I haven't been to an event where sheep shearing occurred since I was a child attending out California State Fair.  I would love to see it once again!

May 21, 2019 02:56 PM #4
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