Cook’s Mill, shown here around 1890, is one of the several 19th-century stone grist mills surviving in Adams County. This one, located a mile north of Bendersville in Menallen Township along Possum Creek near the intersection of Bendersville-Wenksville and Pinegrove Furnace Roads, was owned by Jesse Cook from 1838 to 1863. The mill and other structures on the property served as refuge for escaping slaves using the creek as an avenue for freedom. A favorite memory of Cook’s daughter, Sarah, was the day she witnessed President Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address in November 1863. She was still vividly recalling the details in a 1933 interview when she was 90.


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Jessica Dean

Born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jessica and her husband, Troy, created Celebrate Gettysburg magazine in 2007. Before starting the publication, Jessica was the art director for Frederick Magazine, a successful regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland. She was the president for the AIGA Blue Ridge chapter and has won numerous awards for her graphic design. Always eager to give back to the community, Jessica has helped to promote many local activities and has volunteered her design services to a variety of regional nonprofit organizations. She lives in downtown Gettysburg with her family.

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