Mill of Roadside America.
"Around 1870, no New England town was complete without
a grist mill like the one shown here. In many instances, the mills
still stand and continue to provide a popular subject for both
professional and amateur landscape artists."
Perhaps the original inspiration for Currier & Ives:
The Roadside Mill is found in "Wheat and Its Assciations,"
by T. B. Thorpe, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, issue 87, pages
301-314, August1857. It is titled simply as, "The Old
Where is the location of "The Old Mill?" One
clue is that the water wheel has a covered roof to protect it
from the winter damages of snow and ice. So the mill may be located
from Northern Virginia, Northward into New York, and then perhaps
New England. The mountains rising up in the background of the
mill is an important clue. Those are not small mountains. The
house or what could be an ordinary, inn, stage coach stop, or
tavern build right along the road seem to indicate that the roadside
is an old established turnpike, or highway. The big difference
in the two images is the stone wall along the mill stream in the
1857 engraving became a stone bridge in the 1870 Currier &
Ives lithograph of "The Roadside Mill."
The answer is located in the bottom right corner of "The
Old Mill," is the name of the artist: "G. E. Dopler,
Del. (Delaware), Roberts, S.C. (South Carolina). The image really
is of "Roadside America."The question is, where
and what happened to Roberts, South Carolina?
in the Country.
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