Well, let's start the new year off right ... that is, with a trivia question. I've pretty much exhausted my stock of nineteenth century courthouses, so I think I need to branch out a little here. I'm going to ask a question about a mill, in large part because I have a photograph of it -- but also because I've written now and then a little bit about the law of mills (and the images of mills as indicators of progress).
Where most people who write about mill law are interested in the rights of mill owners to use water -- and this is actually one of my interests -- I am also interested in the financial arrangements that made it possible to get the capital together necessary to build a mill and the agreements between co-owners of a mill. Francis Daniel Pastorius, for instance, had a form in his Young Country Clerk's Collection (which was written contemporaneously with the mill pictured here -- though I don't think it was related in any way to this mill) for sale of a part interest in a mill.
All of this, then, brings me to the question: where's the mill pictured at right. Pretty impressive structure when you consider it was built in the early eighteenth century, don't you think?