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New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management
Grant Award: $153,079 (1996); $75,240 (1997); $36,000 (2021)
Grant Recipient: Washington Township Land Trust of Morris County
County: Morris
Municipality: Washington Township

This surviving testament to New Jersey’s early industrial history represents the first industry to be established in what is now the German Valley Historic District in western Morris County. Built beside the Raritan River in 1751 and expanded in 1874, the mill has an unusually extensive collection of mill equipment that chronicles the evolution of milling technology through several centuries. Much of the machinery dates from its 19th century expansion and reflects the specialized nature of milling equipment in the United States during this period. 

The building was near collapse in the 1980s when a group of conservationists and preservationists raised money to purchase the mill and adjacent acreage. A $5,000 loan from the Trust's Emergency Grant and Loan Fund helped fund a comprehensive preservation plan preservation, and dedicated volunteers in the Long Valley community have accomplished work on the building. 

The 2021 Trust grant will help fund necessary investigations and develop plans for stabilizing the foundation and building. Work will include surveying, borings, hydraulic engineering and obtaining NJ DEP environmental permits. The 1997 grant helped fund completion of the watertight enclosure of the mill, including restoration of wood siding, windows, and doors. 

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