Down By The Old Mill

5-ff-01-06-crook3It’s been well over a century when the big flood breached the dam, and cut off the source of water for the millrace a couple miles upstream. Somehow the mill house survived but went unused. That is untill a few years ago when some local historians decided to bring it back to life.

Once the waterwheel was reconstructed work went on restoring the inside of the mill, a gift shop and demonstrations of long ago.

Weekends bring the most business, selling bags of “freshly stone ground corn meal”. The meal is ground at a nearby mill, and shipped in 50-pound sacks. Then the gift shop fills small brown bags when customers ask for it. Well, it looks more authentic and less ‘store bought’.

Kids also like the tour of the mill, the huge shaft and gear that is almost 10 feet across that once turned the mill-wheel, still in place in the lowest floor of the once busy building. While a smaller wheel, only 3 feet across, turns and does some grinding. The smaller kids want to duck under the railing, and the fathers all ask if they can step over to get closer photos.

Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields challenges writers, or wannabe writers to create a 100 word story based on a photo prompt each week.
Here’s another entry in for Jan 4, 2017
The photo that prompted this week’s entry is by © Sandra Crook


About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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7 Responses to Down By The Old Mill

  1. michael1148humphris says:

    There is nothing that I like worse than a false restoration. I generally would prefer a site to remain derelict, until a full restoration can go ahead

  2. Nice and actually a great comment on tourists and tourism!

  3. Great piece but not really 100 words isn’t it? 🙂

  4. We have an old mill here I love to visit.

  5. Alas… yes this happens… we have an old mill that is operated twice a year… and you can by flour there… all volunteer work though

  6. Liz Young says:

    There is a pair of mills near us called JAck and Jill – I knew some previous owners so we had a proper condicted tour.

  7. Dale says:

    100 words or less… methinks you may have exceeded a “tad” 😉

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