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"Grist from Abbott's Mill"

Not the same old grind!

Welcome to a unique blog about the history of Ainsworth Abbott's Old Mill, and other old mills in Delmarva. It's also full of great stories about the nearby flora and fauna.

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Since we started this blog in December, 2020, we have posted about 84 weekly articles about Delaware grist mills and the northern Sussex...

Those Fascinating Ferns

Ferns are some of the oldest vascular plants in the world, yet they are still very much with us and provide a foundation for our lovely...

Three Mimic Thrushes

So, what are Mimic Thrushes? These are medium sized, slender, thrush-like appearing birds, that mimic the songs of other birds in their...

Four Vibrant Viburnums

Recently my daughter was kayaking the stream feeding into Coursey’s Pond and saw shrubs arching over the stream-sides with pom-poms of...

Honeysuckles Revealed

The atmosphere in June is heavy with the scent of aliens, Privet, Multiflora Rose, and Honeysuckle. These intentionally introduced plants...


History of Delaware, 1609-1888 In 1790 Simon Kollock erected what is now known as the Cloak grist-mill, on Little Duck Creek, near the...


Fire has been a big problem for millers as long as wooden mills have been built. Mills were constructed in America almost as soon as the...

Vulture Lore

I read Steve’s piece about Vultures and his dog with interest and thought, perhaps, this might be a good time to share some other details...

"Walter and the Vultures"

We live in rural Kent County, Delaware, near the town of Woodside, and we have an 11-month-old "puppy" named Walter. Like any good...

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