Visit an old mill site, and see what provides the power now

Published 1:29 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2023

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Before cornmeal was boxed by Jiffy or flour came in bags at Food Lion, Davie County had dozens of small mills.

Farmers with a water or other source of power assembled a mill for their own crops and those of their neighbors to be ground.

“Most of these mills have disappeared but one is still out there and you won’t believe how it was powered,” said Marcia Phillips of the Davie County Hisotrical and Genealogical Society.

All are invited to join a site visit back in time to an old barn and a unique mill when the society resumes its monthly meetings for the fall on Aug. 24. Meet in the Davie County Public Library parking lot off North Main Street in Mocksville at 6:45 p.m. to carpool. Check the DCHGS website or visit the History Room for more details.

And come ready to identify the year and model of this source of power. Hear from the man who last worked it many years ago. See and hear for yourself what this remnant of history has to tell about another time.