Note: Recent research indicates that the Minquas Path did not follow Island Road
but followed a more direct path, between Powers Lane and Jones Lane, to the trading posts
Printz's or Old Swedes Mill
In 1645, some 35 years before Penn's Arrival, Swedish Governor Johann Printz built a grist mill
("Norse" or "Splash" mill) in what the Lenape referred to as Karakung and we know today as
Cobbs Creek,  next to the
Blue Bell Inn. The mill was the first water driven mill in what would later
become Pennsylvania and the site can be called the birthplace of Pennsylvania industry.
The Mill  was a "Norse" or "Splash" mill. There is a model in the Hagley Museum
and an example in the Mercer Museum in Doylestown
A PHMC Marker
was dedicated on
October 18, 2008