Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dewee's Rock

Dewee's RockDewee's Rock, just off of Germantown Avenue where it crosses the Wissahickon.
In 1710 a group of local men, all with German or Dutch surnames, established the Whitemarsh Reformed Church in Chestnut Hill. It met in the two-story house of mill owner William Dewees, a structure (now demolished) that stood on Germantown Avenue opposite the present Chestnut Hill College grounds. The congregation broke apart, however, following Dewees's death in 1745.
-- David R. Contosta, Suburb in the City
A number of mills operated in this area. Below, probably the remains of an old mill race, built to better manage the flow of water that powered the mill's wheel.
Mill race.

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