Dickerson-DeCamp Distillery

By the time of the Civil War, Elijah Dickerson built a cider mill and distillery in the hillside a short distance down the road from his house. Here at 138 Oakdale Road, and at eight other distilleries, the apple crop of Chester was processed into cider, Apple Jack, and Apple Brandy– some known as “Jersey Lightning“. This flourishing industry was second only to iron in Chester, providing a “cash crop” for local farmers until Prohibition in 1919.  This fieldstone building is now a home.

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