1740/1880 Mill in New Oxford, PA – $400,000

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Added to OHD on 1/25/20   -   Last OHD Update: 1/4/21   -   27 Comments
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75 Fleshman Mill Rd, New Oxford, PA 17350

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  • $400,000
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 8500 Sq Ft
  • 4 Ac.
Historians looking to move? MAKE AN OFFER The Property/Home- built in 1740. Sits on 4 ac. & has 4 Levels that is approx. 8500 sq ft of usable space that can be used as a person's imagination allows. There is a waterfall on the property with 2 out buildings. Nice size deck. Owner has written history of property. Property can be used as commercial. Owner is in the process of making 2 additional bedrooms. If you are looking for this property as to use for commercial use- please contact local tax , zoning office for verification.
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Fran Murray, RE/MAX Elite Services
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27 Comments on 1740/1880 Mill in New Oxford, PA – $400,000

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  1. ddbackerddbacker says: 487 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    Wow this building is close to the road, like less than a foot. I’m confused about the original use of the structure. Was it a barn or maybe a mill? Also, the listing’s build date says 1740, but on street view there is a stone that reads “burned September 1880, rebuilt October 1880”. None of this detracts from the awesomeness of the property. The 1880 owners valued the property enough to waste no time rebuilding, probably bigger and better than the original.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I could not figure out what it was either, seems rather fancy for just a barn though. Maybe the stone is from 1740 and they built up after the fire?

    • Marc says: 241 comments

      It looks like other old grist mills I’ve been inside in PA. There are drive wheels for belts over the pool table, and what looks like grain chutes over the TV by the treadmill. It’s not unusual for old stone buildings to be so close to the road in PA. Many roads were established long before cars so it wasn’t as much of a concern then. And being close the road would have been beneficial as a commercial mill.

    • TorgyTorgy says: 185 comments
      1964 Brick Ranch
      Denver, CO

      Yes, I’m not sure it could get any closer. Wonder if people run into the corner a bit..? Nice property though.

  2. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1067 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    What a cool place, what is/was it recently used for? looks like a gathering place of some sorts, pool table, bar, tables, mens and ladies restrooms. Interesting at any sort.

  3. RT says: 123 comments

    The house across the street and the one just west look old too. Wonder if another fire took this structure? https://www.google.com/maps/@39.873151,-77.068323,3a,57.1y,223.81h,96.17t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sjoC3CB4WdzZPJcW9KkJpyA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  4. AnnabelleAnnabelle says: 114 comments
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    1988 Log Home
    Cross, SC

    Yes it is close to the road but if you go up and down the road you will see that the speed limit is 15mph. Just a rural road that I bet isn’t travelled very much. As for the urinal in the “mens” room – my husband would be in heaven!

    • ErnieErnie says: 323 comments

      I do believe the urinal would have to go. We have three boys & they have lousy aim in a regular toilet they do pretty well cleaning up after themselves but not sure about something as shallow as a urinal. Might just open up to big a “splash zone”….hahaha!

    • TorgyTorgy says: 185 comments
      1964 Brick Ranch
      Denver, CO

      At least there isn’t one in the other bathroom. Does your husband clean it too?
      Really cool property

  5. MW says: 919 comments

    Cool, but I think I’d only be using the side doors. That path out the front door looks a little dicey.

    It looks to me like it was originally a mill building and it had the creek diverted under the building for the power. There is the very top of an arch exposed in the lower stone base. Across the road looks like the remnants of the diverted stream. Just a guess though.

    • MW says: 919 comments

      My guess is this is the Fleshman Mill, hence the Fleshman Mill Road that it is on.

      Although logic would suggest that the address should therefore be 1 Fleshman Mill Road, not 75. Kind of a letdown not being #1 on the road named after yourself.

      If you look on the satellite map, you can clearly see how the stream was diverted to and under the building, with a dam up stream to divert and build up the flow.

    • JimHJimH says: 5271 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I just repeated (and deleted) your observation. Exactly right, as shown on old maps, and references to Philip Fleshman who operated the mill for many years.

  6. Joe says: 757 comments

    I came to the same conclusion as MW. The thing that I find so interesting is that the listing states, “Owner has written history of property”, yet there is no reference to what that history is. I would expect to see something like “an opportunity to own the Fleshman Mill, which employed x number of people in the area and produce Y for a product.” Why not have a link to a copy of the history that the owner has written? If the owner is afraid of losing his copywrite , a quick summary blurb would be nice in the listing. Go figure..

  7. Tracy Evans-Price says: 8 comments

    Considering the original build date, the proximity to the creek, and the name of the road is Fleshman Mill road, I am guessing it was originally built as a grist mill. Beautiful restoration, and has extreme potential to be a wonderful living space.

  8. Elisa Y says: 25 comments

    In the 4th picture, up near the ceiling/beams you can see remnants of the shafts that drove the mill stones so clearly, this was a grist mill. Some of the pictures show the drive shafts still intact in the floors. This is a very cool house and only about 15 minutes or so from Gettysburg, PA. I wonder if the history includes it being used as a hospital during the war. Very cool building and I love that the owner kept the remnants of the mill. If the walls could talk, right??

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted 2018, resharing, moved to the front page.

  10. MWMW says: 919 comments

    One of my favorites. If I thought I could convince my wife to move here, it would be a serious contender. She’s into to offbeat stuff, but still, I think I’d have to agree to de-mancave this a bit to make it workable. Might be helpful if they had some fresh Summer photos and minimized the interior clutter a bit. I can see past that, but people like my wife aren’t as good at it.

  11. ErnieErnie says: 323 comments

    Oh, this is a great one!

  12. beckybecky says: 102 comments
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    bass lake, CA

    Was I the only one that noticed the doily on the back of the toilet? That is not mancave-ish The place looks really huge and very open and way too big for me but its a great way to blend the old with the new.

    • MWMW says: 919 comments

      Ha, ha. I think you spotted about the only one thing that isn’t mancave-ish! That bathroom is probably for the guests, likely the one with the ladies sign, NOT the one with the 2 sheets of toilet paper left on the roll, lol!

      But in all seriousness, this place looks pretty great and looks like it could be tuned up nicely and easily to whatever your preference is. The interior architecture is so cool, glad to see a lot of the mechanical bits still remain.

  13. PuristaPurista says: 177 comments

    This place is built like a brick millhouse. But Fleshman/Fleischmann as the proprietor? Isn’t he in the wrong place? Were they milling sausage here? Meantime, not seeing any 18th century. All looks very 19th. Nicely chamfered posts, as with most old mills. I’ll take the cool-looking twin-chimney gambrel-roofed cottage around the bend.

  14. KarenZKarenZ says: 1164 comments
    OHD Supporter

    What a cool space! I would think that this open structure would be a nightmare to keep warm!

    • MichaelMichael says: 2861 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      I think you might be right. Brick and stone exterior with no insulation and open framing on the upper floor roof. Unless there is rigid insulation over the roof sheathing and under the roof, there isn’t much insulation in this building. There is little R value to brick or stone, even though the walls are thick! Still, it’s an impressive building.

  15. Would spray on insulation and framing be allowed downstairs and in the attic? That would help a lot! Plenty of stonework to see on the outside!

    • PuristaPurista says: 177 comments

      Well of course it would be allowed legally, but if you’re asking if it would be historically sensitive and in line with good preservation practice, I think so…well as long as you don’t use something very difficult to remove/reverse, such as spray-on foam insulation directly on the stones. But you certainly could frame out walls inside the rocks, then fill the spaces with, say, cellulose insulation, loose or spray-on. It’s better for the environment than foams, it’s made of recycled material, and it sequesters carbon (made from trees). Next would be rigid styrofoam cut to fit the spaces between studs, although it, of course, is a petroleum product, not so good for the environment.

      The key is that if someone wanted to reveal the stones again at a later time, he/she could remove your work and there they would be, just as before you insulated. The Doctrine of Reversibility would be honored!

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