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Hambidge Center - 1st Saturday Grist Mill Visits

Saturday, July 05, 2014
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Barker's Creek Mill - Betty's Creek Road - Rabun Gap, GA

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Barker’s Creek Mill has been providing the local community with milling services since the mid 1800’s. Mary Hambidge built the current mill in 1944 at the site of an older mill that served the community since the first white settlers came into the area in the late 1820’s.The mill is powered by a 12-foot overshot wheel set on babbet bearings. It was converted from a wooden spoked, steel-rimmed wheel to the current metal spokes in the 1960's. The mill has been renovated three times in its life, the most recent in the late 1980’s. The mill itself is a vertical mill with two 16" flint/granite stones. It was built by the Meadow’s Milling Company in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.Barker’s Creek Mill is still operated by Hambidge on the First Saturday of each month from 1p.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment to provide milling services to area farmers. Our volunteer miller, Woody Malot (also a Physics instructor in Rabun Gap) demonstrates the workings of this historic gristmill and is happy to answer any questions. Members of Woody’s family have been mill operators and builders since the 1750’s.Grits and cornmeal stone ground at the mill from locally grown corn are regularly served up to our artists-in-residence and can be purchased in the Hambidge Gallery, or at the mill on First Saturdays.

Location: Barker's Creek Mill - Betty's Creek Road - Rabun Gap, GA

Website: http://www.hambidge.org/the-mill.html

Contact: Deb Sanders
Phone: 706-746-5718
Email: center@hambidge.org

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