Tritts Mill’s new owners make plans for future

Scott and Alanna Overholt take a portrait outside the former Tritts Mill in Springfield Township. They own the 1836 landmark at Massillon and Mayfair roads.

The dam is gone. The pond is drained.

An old snapping turtle lives in the murky water of the former millrace.

The gears and pulleys and belts are silent.

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The former Tritts Mill at Massillon and Mayfair roads in Springfield Township is one of the oldest buildings in Summit County. In fact, it’s older than the county itself. 

Built in 1836, the mill operated for more than 160 years. It was the home of Lee Higy’s Hardware for most of the 20th century. Now the Tritts-Higy Mill belongs to a local couple with big dreams.

Alanna Barker Overholt, 45, and her husband, Scott Overholt, 46, bought the wood-frame building in March 2021 and have been busy cleaning and repairing it. They’ve opened an antiques store in the mill and plan eventually to move her softball pitching academy and his strength training business into an adjacent 1960 pole barn.

It’s a work in progress. And, boy, there’s a lot of work.

But the Overholts are enthusiastic.

“I just wake up and go every day,” Scott said. “We’re both going to work on this the rest of our lives. If you like what you’re doing, it’s not a job.”

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