18th century restored Mill House

This 18th-century Germanic house-mill is located in the Penn Dutch country of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It is the only known integrally built house-mill in the United States. Oswald’s Mill offers 10,000 square feet of authentic colonial space in the beautiful countryside for shooting print or film. The stone and beam structure comprises 4 storeys, boasting original details of hand planed random width planks and hand-hewn beams, hand wrought hardware and milk paint.

The restoration has carefully hidden modernization, utilizing antique fixtures. With additions of new furniture and bathroom fixtures the home emits a modern rustic feel. The john still flushes with the pull of the string, but the water pressure is definitely from modern times. The Mill features an antique kitchen with a coal cook stove filled with 18th and 19th century Dutch and Colonial utensils and equipment. The restoration of this fabulous mill-house has been a work in progress for the past 13 years by the owner/photographer of this home, Cynthia van Elk and her husband. Via

Photos:  Cynthia van Elk

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D Smith
9 years ago

All was fine until the use of the American Flag as a couch cover.

Have a bit of decorum.

9 years ago

Beautiful throughout. The american flag as decor is decorous to me. Do we not rest on it as a symbol of our great freedom and inventiveness as a nation. Sometimes the figurative and the real can come together quite nicely!

Ivan Ang
9 years ago

This is one heavenly surrounding….

9 months ago

Hello, curious about the shower fixture in the bathroom… is it original? It’s just perfect.

9 months ago
Reply to  Jannell

As is the entire property… but that almost goes with out saying!