Dr. Abel Millington came to Charleston from Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1834. On his arrival, he bought a parcel of land from Gideon Young for $8,000 in gold. Soon he began construction of a flour mill which was located where Hotel Baker now stands. Dr. Millington died prior to the completion of the mill, and in 1838, his son, Darwin, inherited the business. He sold the mill in 1850 to R.J. Haines and for many years it was known as the Haines Excelsior Flour Mill.

The Millington House has solid brick masonry, with typical, steeply pitched roof and correspondingly steep, pointed window gables intersecting the primary roof forms. Windows are tall and narrow with pointed arch tops, divided into twin lights cradling a stylized fleur—de—lis in stained glass between their pointed tops. Typical scroll saw gingerbread embellishes the vergeboards. The original owner was Dr. Abel Millington, a physician who maintained his office and residence in the same structure.

  • Political Graveyard

Millington, Abel — of Michigan. Member Michigan territorial council 4th District, 1834-35. Burial location unknown.

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