Gristmill adorns ornament
By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - It's a lot closer to Mercersburg, Pa., than it is to Greencastle, but the newest design for the sixth in the series of Christmas ornaments offered by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce this year is rich in Greencastle history.
Anderson's Gristmill on the west Branch of the Conococheague Creek supplied Greencastle area residents with ground cornmeal, wheat, flour and animal feed through the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, enough of a historic connection to Greencastle to warrant its place as Christmas ornament, said Lori Coover, chamber president.
Anderson's Gristmill dates to 1765. The first mill on the site was built by the Irwinton family. Chester Anderson bought it in 1917 and ran it until his death. Chester's son Harry took it over and ran it as a commercial operation until 1981. It's still open today, but only for tours by appointment. During tours, Anderson demonstrates the mill's water turbines, rope hoists, wooden cogs, belts, pulleys and shafts.