LOCAL MILLS TODAY
|| In Southeastern
Pennsylvania there are numerous working mills. Older mills were
made entirely of wood. Very modern mills have all working parts
in metal. The Davis Feed Mill (seen at left) featured in these
web pages combines both wood and metal equipment and structures.
The Davis Feed Mill is the only working mill in the Pennridge
| The Richland
Feed Company is located at Main & Walnut Streets in South
Perkasie. (It is the former Savocool Mill.) This wholesale company
provides feed and pet foods, fertilizer, and garden supplies.
The company has another location in Richlandtown, PA.
|| The Davis Feed Mill in Perkasie, PA
dates back to 1838. Davis Feed Mill offers feed and supplies for all animals,
lawn & garden supplies, mulches, and fencing supplies. The mill also
has another location in Rushland, PA. The mill began as the the Stover
Feed Mill (seen at left). The mill is the highest structure in the town
Many years ago 40-50 people worked at this
mill. Today 5-8 people run the mill. Machinery now does the work
of many of the earlier workers. Other Pennsylvania mills may be
run by two people and the rest of the work may be done by computers.
The Davis Feed Mill is built next to the railroad
tracks, which in the past allowed for trains to deliver and pick
up grain right at the business. Railroad cars are no longer used
for delivery due to the expense. All deliveries and pickups are
done today by truck.
| Electrical power
boxes at Davis Feed Mill
|| Mill machinery
||In the past many mill operations were done
manually. A major power source of power for grist mills was water in a
mill race. The Davis Feed Mill never used water power. Today electricity
powers the machinery in the Davis Feed Mill. Other fully automated mills
today may use pneumatics (air power) or other energy sources.