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A History of Headquarters Mill

A few years ago, I wrote articles for the township newsletter, The Bridge, while holding the position of Township Historian. When Charles Frischman became Township Historian he took over the job of writing a regular column for the newsletter. When I stopped writing, I was working on a series about the mills of Delaware Township. The next mill in the series was to be the mill in the village of Headquarters, known variously over the years as Opdycke’s Mill, Tyson’s Mill, Holcombe’s Mill, Conover’s Mill, Carrell Mill and Headquarters Mill.

Now that The Post is up and running, it seemed like a good time to finish that series on the Mills of Delaware Township. Another good reason …

The Kitchen Mill of Sandbrook

The Delaware Township Post is offering you one of the earliest and most important mills in Delaware Township once stood along Sandbrook-Headquarters Road on the east side of the village. Fortunately, we have an old photograph to show what it once looked like. If you visit Sandbrook today, located just off Route 523 about four miles north of Sergeantsville, you will find a wonderful community with many historic buildings, but regrettably, no mill. You can also read more about another one breathtaking post for the History of Headquarters Mill by clicking here.

Some of the earliest settlers in and around Sand Brook were the Kitchen brothers, Henry, James and Thomas. Henry Kitchen is known to have built a …

The Rake Cemetery, Part II

This The Delaware Township Post  is a continuation of the story of the Rake Cemetery near Sand Brook. If you haven’t read Part I yet, check out the previous post so this installment will make more sense.

The Sergeant Family
Even though no one from the Sergeant family is buried here, they are important to the cemetery for two reasons. First, the farm of William and Elizabeth Sergeant, and their son John T. Sergeant, is adjacent to the cemetery. Secondly, John T. Sergeant was married to Mary J. LaRoche, until his death in 1865, and she then married James Goodfellow, who I described in Part I. It appears that Goodfellow took over the Sergeant farm, which was located …

Historic Bridge to get Appropriate Maintenance. Cooperative Approach finds Local Talent, Resources

Here we have some Local Delaware News that happened on Tuesday December 2, repair work resumed on the stone arch bridge at the foot of Pine Hill Road. The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office (NJHPO), Hunterdon County Engineering Dept. (HCE), and members of Delaware Township Committee and Delaware Township Historical Society (DTHS) met at the bridge in the Covered Bridge Historic District Tuesday morning at 8 AM to settle the details of work to be done on the 160 year old stone arch. The bridge is a contributing structure in the District, which is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Like the stone arch bridge on Lambertville-Headquarters Road, the Pine Hill Road bridge had …

The Rake Cemetery, Part I

One of the most well-concealed cemeteries in the township is located on a hill south of Sand Brook. It is usually identified as the Rake Cemetery (rather than Burying Ground), perhaps because it contains a fairly large number (at least for our neck of the woods) of seemingly unrelated families. I have been trying to determine what makes a cemetery different from a burying ground or graveyard. Readers of my other posts may have noticed that I have not been too strict about which term I use, and after some cursory study of the subject on the internet, I am not much wiser than when I started. Generally speaking, burying grounds tend to refer to family plots on …