Fred Maurer, a historian from Frankford Historical Society and Robin Irizarry of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership will be hosting a presentation about The Whitaker Mills. Join them Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm to learn about more this historic mill.
Henry Whitaker’s Textile Mill began as a waterwheel operation in 1813 on the banks of the Tacony Creek at Tabor Road in the Olney section of Philadelphia. A dam was built to maintain water flow to the wheel and a covered bridge was built to carry Tabor Road across the creek. For 157 years, the mill provided employment for hundreds of local residents and finally ceased operations in 1970. Some structures still remain and the land is now part of Tacony Creek Park and is part of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership environmental conservation efforts.