Historical Anecdotes, Place Names, and Speculation

We came across a typed list, author unknown, which contains names of villages, hills, ponds, swamps, rocks, and other miscellaneous items.  Some names remain in the past and are long forgotten, while others are still recognizable:

Place Names

In 1965, the Westerly Sun ran a column titled “Reminiscing”.  The two columns, August 4th and August 9th, discuss early settlers, names of villages, and  mills.  The book referred to, we discovered, is Coles, History of Washington and Kent Counties, Volume 7, Richmond, page 698:


Virginia Arnold, member of the Richmond Historical Society, often wrote for the local newspapers.  One of her articles appeared in an unknown paper in 1970.  The title of the article is: “The Elmville Mill? Richmond Historians Hear Report of Its Burning but  None Can Recall It“. It describes a program put on at a meeting of the Richmond Historical Society.  As part of the program excerpts from the Hope Valley Advertiser were read and discussed.   The Advertiser was a weekly newspaper published in Hope Valley.

Mills and other things