Note: Recent research indicates that the Minquas Path did not follow Island Road but folowed a
more direct path, between Powers Lane and Jones Lane, to the terminus
Printz's or Old Swedes Mill
In 1645, some 35 years before Penn's Arrival , Swedish Governor Johann Printz built a grist mill ("Norse"
or "Splash" mill) in what the indians referred to as Karakung and we know today as Cobbs Creek, next to
the Blue Bell Inn. The mill was the first water driven mill in what would later become Pennsylvania and the
site can be called the birthplace of Pennsylvania industry.
The Mill was a "Norse" or "Splash" mill. There is a model in the Hagley Museum and an example
in the Mercer Museum in Doylestown
A PHMC Marker
was dedicated on
October 18, 2008