Sunday, August 1, 2010

Grist Mill Ruins/Athens, GA

Remnants of a grist mill damn flanking side of stream.

While walking with my family along a creek close to Faust Farm Rd. in Crawford (just outside of Athens, GA), we came across the ruins of what appeared to be a grist mill. The stack stone foundation and damn were both made up of massive blocks that must have been hoisted into place using a primitive crane similar to a gin pole by my best guess. The damn was a hundred yards or so upstream and the topography between the two structures revealed the flume run. Though I have no expertise in this area, I believe this was a pre-civil war operation. It appears to now be on private property — there is no marker or sign indicting historical management. I have contacted the Athens Historical Society (AHS) to see what might be on record.

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