Dennis Township Old School House Museum & History Center
Belleplain, Clermont, Dennisville, South Dennis, North West Dennis, Eldora, South Seaville, Ocean View
Jesse Creamers Filling Station DT Museum Logo Belleplain Railroad Station - March 1900

Dennis Township Old School House Museum & History Center
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There are no specific set boundary lines for any of the eight villages of Dennis Township!



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Hands Mill

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Hand's Mill, located just a bit beyond the Dennis Township line does have historic connections to folks who were and still are residents of Dennis Township. An article sent to our museum which carries the reference "from campion files - Queens County wills in vol. #65 - New York 1934," the following history of this mill was cited as follows: "Henry Stites, Sr. built the 1st grist mill at what is now claimed the name of 'Hand’s Mill'." in 1730 he took a survey for the land. At his death in 1749 his executors sold it to a Sharp and Sharp in turn sold it to Jonas Hoffman. Jonas Hoffman’s heirs sold the mill to Nathaniel Holmes, Sr.. Nathaniel Holmes, Sr. devised it in his will to his daughter Isabella Holmes who married Christopher Hand. She inherited the old grist mill building and 8 acres around it and a dwelling house. The son Charles Hand operated the mill until his death, after his death the mill was owned by his heirs until sold to George Brewer. The Brewers now have a campsite on the property called Cedar Lake. [Source: Microsoft Works document found in the Dennis Township Museum computer files]

Hands Mill Hands Mill Hands Mill Hands Mill Rts. 347 & 550 spur

Lake Nummr Bog

Belleplain Cranberry Industry

Belleplain's cranberry industry unlikely to return to glory days.
Left: Lake Nummy when it was being dug as a cranberry bog.
Right: Tom Champion holding old cranberry crate.

Tom Champion holding Cranberry Box


Belleplain Railroad Station on the W.J. & S.R.R Belleplain Railroad Station on the W.J. & S.R.R Belleplain Railroad Station on the W.J. & S.R.R Belleplain Firehouse
Belleplain School Belleplain Railroad Station on the W.J. & S.R.R Belleplain Students Lodge Hall CCC Camp
Hands Mill Hands Mill Hands Mill Hands Mill Rts. 347 & 550 spur
Hands Mill Water Wheel Hands Mill Jesse Creamers Oil truck School Class
Jesse Creamers Filling Station Basket Bottoms Drying Sheds Union School