Sunday, April 20, 2008
Gordy and Williams Mill on Gordy Mill Road
The Gordy and Williams Mill was similar in location to the Williams mill, south west of it. Located on today's Gordy Mill Road, off Stage Road in Delmar, the mill was a grist mill run by Benjamin Gordy and Isaac Williams in the 1870's. It was upstream from Williams Mill pond on what was than called Rum Ridge Branch. Today Rum Ridge Branch is called Andrews Branch. Andrews Branch flows to the North Prong and eventually into the Wicomico River. As the photo above shows it is a sunken piece of land today where the mill pond was. This is at the junction of Gordy Mill Road and Andrews Branch.
This is the outflow that goes to Williams Pond.
Gordy road is a lightly travelled road that is torn up at the east end due to utility lines being run to new subdivisions.
The photo doesn't do it justice but there is only a narrow strip of paved road left until you get past the subdivision.
Gordy Mill Road also has a burnt house that is roosting place for buzzards. You will notice one cooling his armpits or wings pits in the photo.
As can be seen on this 1870's map, today's Gordy Mill Road is one of the original roads in this section of Delmar, Maryland. On the map it is shown as a secondary road leading from road #848 (Stage Road)by the colored M E church, to road #737 (Rum Ridge Road). Since all the roads were dirt back then, I can't imagine what a secondary road must have been like. Still considering there is no road show to Williams Mill, the Gordy and Williams Mill must have been on a well traveled road.