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One of the attractions that is making White Mills a tourist destination, the Dorflinger Glassworker’s House on Charles Street, was restored in 2001 by Dr. Walter Barbe and is open on several …
One of the attractions that is making White Mills a tourist destination, the Dorflinger Glassworker’s House on Charles Street, was restored in 2001 by Dr. Walter Barbe and is open on several weekend dates (click here to schedule). When Christian Dorflinger built his glass factory in 1865, he recruited seven skilled glassworkers from France. He knew that, when they arrived in America, they would need housing in White Mills, and he immediately began building seven small houses with sloped roofs like the workers’ houses he had seen in France. By 1869, Dorflinger had built 55 houses and eventually there were about 100 of these small homes in the village. The restored house is the fifth of the original seven. Other must-see destinations in White Mills are the Dorflinger Glass Museum at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary (www.dorflinger.org), and the Dorflinger Factory Museum (www/dorflingerfactorymuseum.com) at the blinking yellow light on Route 6 in White Mills.
From the files of the Wayne County Historical Society. The museum and library are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.