The mill was built in 1823 by Judge Charles Kellogg; just 2 years before he was elected to the United States Congress.
Local History has it that the community of
was given its name from the top of its newly built mill.
After the 40-foot, 5-sided ridge pole was put in place, a man climbed to the top & threw a gallon jug of whiskey over his shoulder declaring the town of Sodom to be renamed New Hope.
Charles Kellogg owned the mill until 1851, when he sold it to Horace Rounds.
The mill originally contained three runs of stone capable of 200 bushels a day.
In 1892, the mill began grinding with roller mills which are still there today.
In 1947 the mill was sold to Howard Weed, Hubert Latta, & Leland Weed.
Today, it remains in the capable hands of the Weed family.
The most visible item indicating New Hope Mills’ water power is the picturesque waterwheel.
Although the waterwheel is its most visible feature, the mill's real power comes from the water turbine underneath the mill.
The turbine can run all year round providing there is sufficient water.
The mill has an ideal location & facilities for water power near a mill pond with a 28-foot waterfall.
With solid management by the Weed family this venerable operation remains competitive while operating much as it did in the 1800's.
For the Weed family the quality of the product is paramount.
Any product that is made at New Hope Mills is absolutely free from chemical additives & artificial ingredients.
The family’s commitment to quality has made New Hope Mills Pancake Mixes the number one pancake flour in central
Doing it the old fashioned way consistently produces quality without pollution!
In fact, at New Hope Mills, the water is improved by its use; it is aerated as it passes over the waterwheel or through the turbine.
The wheel does not put a drop of petroleum into the water because the wheel bearing is made of a rare wood, Liqnum Vitae, that has its own lubricant.
Most old mills today are a novelty.
If still standing, they are deteriorating fast.
At New Hope Mills, the Weed family takes pride in preserving an important piece of our American Heritage.
You’ve got to love how they preserve our Heritage by making delicious products that protect the health of our families, while using methods that sustain our environment.