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Daniel Udree/Oley Furnace Grist Mill - Oley PA

The first furnace was built on this property in 1744 beside Furnace Creek. One of the most prominent settlers in the area was Daniel Udree. Daniel was born in Philadelphia in 1751, he moved to Berks County with his uncle in 1768 to help run the Oley Furnace, which made cast-iron cannonballs for the Revolutionary War.

Udree became the owner of the Oley stove in 1778. He served as a colonel during the Revolutionary War and then as a major general in the War of 1812. Eventually Daniel became the principal owner of the Furnace.

Udree also built a sizable grist mill and mansion along Reider Road in Oley Township. Both are still standing. The mill is extremely large, with 42-foot beams, and is one of the bigger mills in eastern Pennsylvania.

After Daniel’s passing his daughter and her husband tried to keep the business running but eventually ended up selling the property.

Directions: Take Main Street north from town of Oley for 1 mile, turn right onto Furnace Rd., go 1 mile, then turn right on Spook La. or Reider Rd. The mill is on the left. Just on the left side of the mill is the mill pond, then an intersection with Hill Rd. You are now at the Oley Furnace Complex.

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