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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4 years ago

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

4 years ago
Reply to  Jannell

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

Ivan Ang
12 years ago

This is one heavenly surrounding….

12 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!

D Smith
12 years ago

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

Have a bit of decorum.