F. & H. Benning Company, 1014 Benning Road, Galesville, Anne Arundel County, MD
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1014 Benning Road, Galesville, MD
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MD-138
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
See HAER No. MD-135, F. & H. Benning Company Oyster Mill for a grinding mill originally owned and used by the F. & H. Benning Company on this site.
Significance: At the beginning of the twentieth century the oyster industry was booming in Maryland with small waterfront communities like Galesville home to various seafood processing companies. The F. & H. Benning Company was one such small company, located in two buildings on the banks of Tenthouse Creek that have not been significantly altered, although most of the machinery has since been removed.
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Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
GENERAL VIEW OF FORMER F. & H. BENNING COMPLEX NORTH TOWARDS TENTHOUSE CREEK. THE SHELL MILL WAS LOCATED IN THE BUILDING IN THE FOREGROUND. THE SHUCKING AND PROCESSING WAS DONE IN THE REAR BUILDING. OYSTER BOATS DOCKED WHERE THE CRANES ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED.
ELEVATION OF FORMER SHELL MILL BUILDING AND SHEDS.
DETAIL ELEVATION OF FORMER SHELL MILL BUILDING.
NORTH ELEVATION OF OYSTER SHUCKING BUILDING. SHUCKING TOOK PLACE AT FRONT OF BUILDING WHERE WINDOWS ARE LOCATED.
BOILER, LOCATED IN BACK ROOM OF OYSTER SHUCKING BUILDING. STEAM WAS USED IN OYSTER PROCESSING, FOR EXAMPLE IN STERILIZING EQUIPMENT.
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