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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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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...

SMYRNA AREA MILLS

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...

"MILL FIRE !"

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...

"The Egg and I"

That is the title from the wonderful autobiography by Betty MacDonald, “The Egg and I”. The egg is a symbol of rebirth and renewal...

Brier, Brier, Greenbrier

I guess I hadn’t really given greenbriers too much thought until I recently took a hike with some naturalist friends from New Castle...

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