Eden Mill Nature Center   1617 Eden Mill Road    Pylesville, MD 21132     410-836-3050   edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com

History of Eden Mill
Who built Eden Mill?
The Stansbury family built the gristmill in 1798 and the mill was named Stansbury Mill. The mill was owned by the Stansbury family throughout most of the 1800’s. From 1883-1894, the mill was operated as Anderson’s Mill, after owner George L. Anderson. In 1896, a deed to the property referred to the mill as Eden Mills. It is believed that the mill was named after Sir Robert Eden, the last royal governor of Maryland. 

Who owned the mill?
1798-1837Elijiah Stansbury
1838-1841John E. Stansbury
1841-1861Isaac Stansbury
1861-1879James Stansbury
1879-1883John E. Stansbury
1883-1894George L. Anderson (son-in-law of James Stansbury)
1894-1897Otho S. Lee
1897-1900James T. Anderson
1900-1901Howard S. Jefferson
1901-1905John Marsteller & Asa J. Van Sant
1905-1912John Marsteller & J. Frank Wolfe
1913-1914M. Marshall Stokes, Harry P. Stokes, & Oscar P. Stokes
1914-1917M. Marshall Stokes
1917-1919James T. Smith
1919-1927Fawn Light and Power Company
1927-1964James T. Smith
1964-1965Ward R. Vaughn
1965-presentHarford County Parks and Recreation





1917- 1964
Was Eden Mill really a power plant?
Yes, Eden Mill really was a power plant. In 1917, A Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania investor group, Fawn Grove Light and Power Company, bought and converted the mill into a power plant. This required new machinery and the raising the height of the dam.  

How much power did Eden Mill generate?
The new power plant provided electricity for Fawn Grove and New Park, Pennsylvania. The mill had the ability to supply 2,200 volts of electricity. It powered the following businesses: Smith's Canning House, Anderson's Feed Mill, and Ruff's Fawn Grove Lumber Mill.

How long was Eden Mill a power plant?
Eden Mill was a power plant from approximately 1917-1929. In 1929, the Glen Rock Light and Power Company bought the electric lines and the Eden Mill power plant was no longer needed.  

What did Eden Mill grind?
Eden Mill ground flour. Flour was ground with steel rollers. The mill was rated as a 50-barrel mill, which means it could grind 50 barrels of flour in 24 hours. The mill ground flour, cornmeal, buckwheat, as well as animal feeds at different times in its history. Owner Mr. Smith built a new storage building to hold his grains. It was in the old part of the mill, which is the center portion of the building.

When did Eden Mill stop grinding grains?
Eden Mill stopped operations in 1964 when owner Mr. Smith died.  

When did Harford County acquire Eden Mill?
In 1965, Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation acquired the mill and 57 acres. An additional 60 acres was acquired in 2008.

What happened between 1965 and 1991?
Some of the old grain bins were used as offices for Parks and Recreation staff. A caretaker lived onsite and mowed the lower park for public access to the creek. In the 1980’s, the county put an ad in the newspaper looking for ideas from the community on what to do with the park. There was even rumor of bulldozing the old buildings! Frank Marsden saw the ad in the paper and approached the county about starting a nature center, the county’s first nature center! The Director of Parks and Recreation and the County Executive at that time both liked the idea but explained there was no funding available. Mr. Marsden then placed an ad in the paper searching for community volunteers who would like to help create a nature center. 

1991-Today
When was Eden Mill Nature Center and Park formed?
In 1991, a group of community leaders and educators formed the Eden Mill Nature Committee Inc, a non profit organization and recreation council.

What is the goal of the Eden Mill Nature Committee?
The goal of the Eden Mill Nature Committee (EMNC) is to provide an opportunity for all people to develop a greater appreciation and awareness of the historical and natural resources of the area. Through the EMNC efforts, and with support of many businesses in the community, they created the nature center and mill museum.

What were the first projects at Eden Mill?
The Eden Mill Nature Committee got busy building miles of hiking trails, preserving the 200-year-old mill, and purchasing canoes and developing a top-notch environmental canoe program.

What else does Eden Mill offer the community? 
The park is home to a meeting room, pavilion, meadow gazebo, pedestrian bridge, year-round environmental education programs, handicapped accessible canoe launch, and educational wetlands. There is a very symbiotic relationship between Eden Mill Nature Committee Inc and Harford County Parks and Recreation to meet the needs of the community. Stop by to see more of what is going on at Eden Mill!
Eden Mill Nature Center 
& Historic Grist Mill Museum

EDEN MILL NATURE COUNCIL
 a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization