Brandywine - the villiage a mill started....and ended
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This frame school was built in 1830 to replace a log school that was built in 1814. This building became the studio of William Sommer the artist and was torn down when I-271 was built.
This photo was taken in 1892. The unknown man is standing on a ledge above the falls. The grist mill is seen in the background as well as the diversion dam. The mill was originally built in 1814 and extensively repaired in the 1840s due to a severe flood in 1843 that destroyed a wollen mill at the site. It was operational until 1900.
Brandywine Falls - 1892
This shows Brandywine Falls around the turn of the century. The grist mill and the dam are still in place.
Falls - early 1900s
This shows the mill and part of the diversion dam for the water wheel. Brandywine Road bridge is in the background. This bridge was replaced by the steel bridge now in place.
Falls prior to 1911
This photo shows the intact diversion dam so it was probably in the late 1800s or early 1900s
Falls - circa unkown
The mill after the 1900s but before the collapse.
Taken after 1911 and before 1920, this photo shows the deteriorating mill and the remnants of the dam
Falls - before collapse
This family outing took place around the 1920s. You can see the remnants of the grist mill with what is left of the water wheel.
Falls - family outing
After the collapse, the lone water wheel is all that is left of the once productive mill.
The Falls - the remnants
Behind the falls, you can see the old power plant which was built on the site of the original grist mill.
Old Power Plant
This shows the second building on the spot of the old grist mill. It was an early power plant. The foundation is still visible in the Cuyahoga National Park.
Old Power Plant