The Forgotten Village of Brandywine
Over the weekend I had a chance to explore some lesser-known areas of Brandywine Falls and the forgotten village of Brandywine – a once bustling community that thrived off the natural power of the falls. The foundations of the village were laid in 1814 with the construction of a meager but productive sawmill that harnessed the power of the flowing water. Grist and woolen mills followed their bold predecessor, and in a short period of time the village came to be known as ‘Brandywine Mills’. What remains is a modest tribute to the resolve and dedication of Northeast Ohio’s industrial beginnings.
The two pictures above show hidden remnants of Brandywine’s forgotten industry. One can easily notice two parallel lines running across the creek, and two rusted iron eye hooks still embedded in the rock. For a great comparrison, scroll up and compare these clues to the old photos of the mill atop the falls.