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Spring Mills Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 05/89. Revised by staff 12/19.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.84 linear feet

DATE:  1819-1847

SCOPE AND CONTENT:  This Spring Mills Collection contains an account book, correspondence, and ledgers from a mill operating in Winchester, Virginia in the early part of the nineteenth century.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Hollingsworth family established near the confluence of Town Run and Abram’s Delight shortly after the Revolutionary War. David Hollingsworth ran the mill for much of the nineteenth century and made a very successful business. In 1870, he sold the mill to Ober and Sons, who then turned it into a fertilizer factory under the management of U. L. Dorsey. In 1884 it changed owners again when E. R. Thatcher and John V. Tanner turned the mill to the manufacture of butter. The business was not successful and the mill fell into disuse. The City of Winchester purchased the mill in 1890 and used it to supply water to the city.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Cartmell, T. K. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants. Berryville, VA: Chesapeake Book Company, 1963.

CITE AS: Spring Mills Collection. 400 WFCHS. Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




Ledger, 1819-1830, 1 volume (166 pages) ; 33 cm

Loose papers found in ledger, 1 folder, 2 leaves, manuscript

Ledger, 1830-1833, 1 volume (128 pages) ; 33 cm


Account book, 1844-1845, 1 volume (232 pages) ; 33 cm

Correspondence—David Hollingsworth, 1847, 1 page

Ledger, 1843-1847, 1 volume (440 pages) ; 30 cm