Historical Operation of Water Powered Mills in the State of Pennsylvania, and the Middle Atlantic States.
Anne and Theodore one year wedding anniversary tintype photograph.
Historical Operation of Water Powered Mills in the State of Pennsylvania, and the Middle Atlantic States,
by Theodore. Hazen of Pond Lily Mill Restorations.
Part of "Dammed If We Do, Dammed If We Don’t: The Environmental
and Preservation Effects of Mill and Lowhead Dam Removal," Thursday,
May 15th, 2008, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM; Commonwealth Keystone Building.
Protecting Pennsylvania's Historic Resources, Heritage Partnerships
Conference XXX, May 12th to the 16th, 2008, Keystone Building,
Theodore (Ted) R. Hazen is a Master Miller, Millwright, Millstone
Dresser, and Mill Restoration Consultant. He is America's leading
authority on the restoration, operation, interpretation, and
preservation of historical grist and flour mills. Ted has developed
interpretive programs for the National Park Service in five historical
theme parks, and national parks, and has worked at Virginia's Explore
Ted Hazen grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania. He is the third
generation family member to work in the milling industry. Mr. Hazen
worked in several operating mills in Northwestern Pennsylvania. He
spent a number of years working in water powered flour and grist mills
for the National Park Service, as a miller, millwright, millstone
dresser, museum curator, and interpreter. Mr. Hazen has worked in
several historical parks as a craftsman, interpreter and doing
historical restoration of complete structures which were relocated to
new settings in these parks. Through his Pond Lily Mill Restorations he
has built new mills, reconstructed historical mill from their
foundations, dressed millstones, acted as a mill consultant, and done
restoration, museum, and interpretive planning. On the internet he
maintains a vast web site "Pond Lily Mill Restorations" to help
everyone discovered the history of flour milling, the technology, its
developments, the folklore, and its effects upon our culture, and to
allow individuals develop beyond a basic understanding of mill
technology solely for educational and research purposes. Ted and his
wife, Anne (who has a Civil Engineering degree in hydraulic engineering
from the University of Maryland, live together with their 5 pets.
35MM Slides and Living History Period Costume Program.
Questions and Answers:
1. How to you separate fact from folklore?
2. Since not all mills (millers and mill owners) were alike. Where
there some who cared more than others and were there some who this was
just another Job?
3. What would you like to see happen to make everyone more mill aware?
His father Theodore Hazen, Sr. worked in several flour mills, and
rebuilt a number of mill dams. His grandfather on his father's side,
was a hydraulic engineer. His mother's father worked in a number of
flour mills and factories as a millwright.
Program Comments: "A Grand & Glorious (Interpreter) Miller Ted
Hazen, he knows how to organize & present interesting facts,"
William F. Foshag (a conference presenter), Heishman's Mill. "A very
unique program presented containing the basic knowledge of milling in
early america," a preservation conference member.