The second interesting thing about Clopper Mill concerns the road that runs right next to it, Clopper Road. Clopper Road was built roughly along an early Native American trading route, and back in the 1970s it still was a country road. While driving along Clopper Road in 1970, singer-songwriters Billy Danoff and Taffy Nivert had the inspiration to write a song about the countryside and its winding roads. Later on they teamed with country music star John Denver to finish the song. In doing so, they set the song in a different state, West Virginia, and now the song Take Me Home, Country Roads is one of the 4 official songs of West Virginia.
Clopper Mill lies roughly at the intersection of Clopper Road with Waring Station Road in Germantown, Maryland. The ruins of the mill are on the flood plain of Seneca Creek and have not been developed as part of the park. Unless you are willing to wade across Seneca Creek, the only access to the ruins is from Clopper Road, but it’s a bit treacherous because of the traffic and the absence of a sidewalk.
Old photograph of Clopper Mill belongs to the City of Gaithersburg. All other photographs belong to the author and can only be used with permission.