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Romig Grist Mill
South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania

Photo© Jim Miller 11-1-1987

Photo©Everette Carr 8-2004

The Romig Grist Mill was located in the village of Dorneyville in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was built in the mid 1750's, before the Revolutionary War, by Frederick Romig. Frederick Romig immigrated from Germany in 1732. The mill was originally built and operated as a fulling mill and later used as a grist mill.

In recent years the mill has been used for storage by Dorney Park, an amusement park located adjacent to the mill. In early June 2006, Dorney Park, a subsidiary of Cedar Fair, L.P. of Sandusky, Ohio, chose to demolish the historic mill which they acquired at some point. Demolition began on Thursday, June 8, 2006. Dorney Parks application to utilize the property formerly occupied by the historic mill will be the subject of a Public Hearing on June 28, 2006. Dorney Park demolished the historic Romig Grist Mill prior to receiving Township approval for a seasonal parking lot for overflow parking. It must be presumed that Dorney Park considers parking space more important than preserving the historic Romig Grist Mill for future generations. It is also interesting that they chose to demolish the mill prior to the Public Hearing. It would cetainly seem that Dorney Park is not the least bit concerned about whether or not South Whitehall Township will approve their application. Based on past approvals granted to Dorney Park by the Township Commissioners, it would certainly seem they need not be unduly concerned; they are, after all, the Townships largest tax payer. This is a sad commentary on the Township Commissioners who are charged with protecting the interest of the citizens and a sad commentary on Corporate America and their collective quest for more and more profit, regardless of the effect it has upon historic preservation efforts. Another beautiful historic grist mill has been lost. The Romig Grist Mill is gone forever!

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