Steven Spring
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CAPTURING OUR HERITAGE. Thanks for viewing my photos of yesteryear. Many years ago I enjoyed photographing our American cultural heritage...buildings and places of days gone by. When I moved back to Virginia, my interests gravitated to old grist mills with water wheels. In the days before cars and supermarkets, before modern methods of manufacture were developed, the settlers who carved a living out of the wilderness worked hard to provide the basic necessities of life. One of the most important mechanical devices used by early families to make life a little easier was the mill. At a time when steam engines and electricity were still in the future, mills harnessed the natural power of moving water. Though mills were built for many purposes, perhaps the most common were the grist mills, which ground grain for bread and feed for animals. Grain milling is one of the oldest industries in the history of mankind...The people went out and gathered it and ground it in mills (Numbers 11:8)... Once there were hundreds of mills scattered along streams and rivers throughout the country. Now most are gone, replaced by modern methods and electricity. My quest now is to document those mills that are still standing and perhaps provide a little history. Comments and suggestions are welcome. And thanks again for viewing my photos. Steve Spring, Millfoto Photography
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Beautiful. Great picture Steven.

Very interesting picture of the water wheel. Thanks Steven

Wow ! Its now 11/2014 as I look at this picture. I looked at google earth and saw the hospital and barracks completely gone. I see this picure was taken in '76, I joined the Navy Feb 76. I spent several years at sea on board fast attack submarines and wound up for a couple of surgeries and about a 20 month stay after lets call it a "incident" on patrol in the Mediterranean. That was about 81 ? After being on a sub surrounded by 100+ other men in my face, out at sea 10-11 months a year I just couldn't get over seeing women when I first came here. Wow the nurses and corpsman(corpswoman !). Well I made alot of very close friends both enlisted and officers, dated a few nurses, it was so unlike the fleet. Being '81 it was still early on for gay and lesbian lifestyle even though this was bay area near San Francisco. As I could tell probably a good 30-40% or more of assigned personnel where gay or lesbian, coming from the Straight Fleet that was quite a change. But I had many G&L friends, went out and partyed with them, really made no distinction between straight or G&L people. Hard to believe the knocked down a perfectly good hospital...and building. Why save the hospital for civilians use or convert it otherwise when it only will cost tax payers zillions to put a new building here. Anyway to all I meet and especially to the Physical Therapy staff there, Donna, Melissa, Candice Woo, Cathy (Kacky), it was good times, thanks for getting em back on my feet. -Don

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Steve, I found some new mills and mill remains. The best is Kamp Mill in Lancaster County, just outside of Kilmarnock. (GM miss-spells the mill pond a Camp Mill Pond) The other two are currently shrouded in foliage and need to be revisited in the winter. One is Potomac Mill in Westmoreland County and the third is Courtney Mill which I didn't get a photo of. Courtney Mill, in Northumberland County, will require a little bit of a walk into the woods. Oh and less I forget, I got some photos of a big old mill built in 1928, in Farmville, that has been converted into offices. The mill dam was on the Appomattox River but has been knocked down and the locals told me that the fishing has nose dived since the mill closed. Do you think it was possible that some of the corn meal got into the water and attracted the fish?

Thanks for your update, I shall make a note of it in our SPOOM files.

I need to visit this place soon. I hope it's still standing. I believe it belonged to my great, great, great grandfather.

Kenneth Russell Kline

Thanks, lots more to do. Moving to KC area late summer, fall. Time for Misouri/Kansas road trips.

Very Nice Picture Steven! Like how you captured the lightning strike! Greetings from Texas, Steve Lamkins Jr.

Looking again at this I see the bit of the sluss way on top. This was indeed an over shot back in it's day.

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