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Fear Not Mills

Fear Not Mills included a gristmill, sawmill and carding mill in St. Clair Township, then on Four Mile Creek at the Seven Mile Turnpike crossing. Its location today would be south of Seven Mile and west of the Norfolk Southern Railway and U. S. 127 where Fear Not Mills Road meets West Elkton Road. The original mill was built in 1816 by Joseph Watson, a millwright. "The bend in the creek made this a choice site for a mill race, but the surrounding country was then an unbroken wilderness," noted Mrs. Alta Harvey Heiser. "Watson's friends, so the story goes, reasoned with him against an undertaking with so little promise. He went ahead, however, answering his friends by naming his mill Fear Not." Mrs. Heiser said "the Fear Not Mill was in active service so long that it paid a fine tribute to Mr. Watson's vision." The U. S. army which left Fort Hamilton Oct. 4,1791, made its second-night camp at the future site of Fear Not Mill, according to Stephen Cone. Oct. 5, 1791, the troops, then under the command of Gen. Richard Butler "marched over the hill to Four Mile Creek, and encamped in the bottom, where the Fear Not Mill has since been built," explained Cone.

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