A Limited Edition Print
by artist Richard Bolllinger
© 2000 32" x 20¼"
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VILLAGE OF ANSELMA, CHESTER COUNTY, February 1871 - In just a few days, the owner of this mill will have his life changed... and perhaps begin to make history. Trying to free the mill's frozen water wheel, John Oberholtze will be seriously injured. As a result, instead of updating the mill's technology, he instead focused on developing a villa around the mill-building homes, barns, a post office, creamery/ice house, general store, and the Pickering Valley Railroad Station. In so doing, Oberholtzer inadvertently helped save the mill for generations to come. As a result of his efforts, along with those of future owners like Oliver Collins, today Anselma is one of only a handful of early American mills with all its original machinery and contents intact.
Renowned watercolor artist Richard Bollinger recently painted the Anselma Mill much as it appeared about 130 years ago. Thanks to its early owners (just 5 families) and the hard work of dedicated preservationists, today the mill is a treasured place to visit and walk among days gone by.
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