Organized by Albrecht Pagenstecher in 1866 and started by Frederich Wurtzbach in 1867, Pagenstecher Park is the site of the first successful wood pulp mill in the United States.
On Oct. 1, 1917 the land was purchased by Bernhard Hoffman of New York City, who conveyed it to the Laurel Hill Association.
In 1928 a small Park was created in which a small concrete and stone enclosure contains one of the original pulp grinding wheels. Through the generosity of Mr. Rudolph Pagenstecher, a bronze tablet was placed on it. The plaque reads:
THE FIRST WOOD PULP MILL IN THE UNITED STATES WAS ERECTED ON THIS SITE BY ALBRECHT PAGENSTECHER IN 1866. THE PULP GRINDERS IMPORTED FROM GERMANY WERE INSTALLED BY FRIEDERICH WURTZBACH