F. & H. Benning Company Oyster Mill, 14430 Solomons Island Road (moved from 1014 Bennin, Solomons, Calvert County, MD
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14430 Solomons Island Road (moved from 1014 Bennin, Solomons, MD
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MD-135
Building/structure dates: 1884 initial construction
For additional information on the F. & H. Benning Company, see HAER No. MD-138.
Significance: The F. & H. Benning Company is a remnant of the once vital and significant Chesapeake Bay oyster industry. The F. & H. Benning Company, along with many other Maryland oyster companies, found lucrative methods of dealing with their industry's largest byproduct, the oyster shells. By using grinding mills already available for grinding hard materials like bone, oyster companies could crush oyster shells for such uses as chick grit and agricultural fertilizer.
Wilson, John L.
Wilson, James E.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
INTERIOR VIEW WITH GRINDING MILL AND CONVEYOR EXTENDING UP TO SORTING DRUM. DRIVE ENGINE AT LOWER LEFT. RADIATOR FOR ENGINE AT RIGHT.
SAME VIEW, BUT HORIZONTAL.
VIEW IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION AS MD-135-1 AND MD-135-2. RAW MATERIAL CONVEYOR AT LEFT DEPOSITS SHELL INTO MILLING MACHINE AT LOWER LEFT. ENGINE IS AT LOWER RIGHT AND RADIATOR AT LOWER CENTER. ROLLER SORTER IS AT TOP OF CONVEYOR.
VIEW ALONG RAW MATERIAL CONVEYOR AT RIGHT WITH CRUSHED SHELL CONVEYOR ABOVE. ENGINE AND RADIATOR AT LOWER LEFT.
DETAIL OF SPARE CONICAL CRUSHER AND GRINDING BURR WHEELS REMOVED FROM THE MILLING MACHINE.
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