|Milk Bottle from Locust Grove Farm|
Unlike the other owners of the tract, the Lynams had no interest in milling, and as Scharf states, Robert Thomas Lynam tore down the old Reynolds mill in 1887. Very interestingly, according to an interview with later owner Raymond Lindell, the frame addition to the house (later used as a store for the dairy) was also built in 1887. Although I have no evidence for it, it's very tempting to speculate that some of the lumber from the mill might have been reused in the construction of the rear addition. No sources even state whether the mill was frame or stone, but if it was frame, it would not be unusual for the time for building materials to have been recycled from an older structure to a newer one. I think it is very possible that some of the wood used in the frame section of the house was actually part of Andrew Reynolds' 1799 mill.
At some point, ownership of the farm passed from father to son, with Robinson Lynam then owning the property. The younger Lynam (and possibly his father before him) operated the farm as a small, wholesale dairy farm. He sold the 65-acre farm in 1915 to Andrew Lindell, who previously had been leasing a farm near Limestone Road and North Star Road. Lindell took over the dairy, which Lynam had named "Locust Grove Farm", and continued to run it as a wholesale operation. He would load the milk onto a horse-drawn wagon, take it to Marshallton, and then load it onto a trolley car (likely a People's Trolley car) to be taken to Wilmington for sale. That all changed in 1933, though, when Andrew's son Raymond Lindell, just two years out of high school, took over another farmer's neglected route and began delivering 60 quarts of milk a day, thereby moving Locust Grove Farm into the retail market.
As a retail dairy, Raymond Lindell and Locust Grove Farm thrived. At its zenith, Lindell was delivering 400 quarts a day, on a 35 mile route to the east of the farm. He delivered from Marshallton, up Newport-Gap Pike to the Cedars, and all the way to the junction of Lancaster Pike. Additionally, he sold several hundred quarts a week out of the store he ran in the 1887 rear addition to the house. And it wasn't just milk, either. To compliment the 25 milking cows the farm kept, Locust Grove also boasted between five and six hundred laying chickens, whose eggs Lindell sold on his route along with the milk. The surrounding farm provided all the hay, barley, and corn needed to feed the livestock.
For 44 years, Lindell ran the dairy farm, and I'm sure there are many residents in the area that remember well drinking Locust Grove Farm milk. By the mid 1970's, Mr. Lindell was in his early 60's and looking towards retirement. He had no children of his own to take over the farm, so in 1977 he ceased dairy operations. He sold the cows that were still good for milking to other dairies, and the rest went for beef. For another three years he bought and fattened cattle for beef, but in 1980, he sold the majority of the farm. 60 acres went to developers, with Mr. Lindell keeping the two central acres surrounding the house. A few years later, he turned the house over to his nephew, ensuring that at least a small part of this historic property, as well as the house, would remain in the hands of the family that had lovingly tended to it for almost a century.