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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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The original mill (c.1835-1865) was burned during the Civil War by Federal troops. The present mill was built in 1865 and is now used as an Inn and restaurant.

Argo Gold Mine in Idaho Springs, CO at 2517 Riverside Drive. A large gold processing mill, now a museum.

Birkenhead Powder Mill, part of the Hagley Museum complex.

A part of the Hagley Museum complex.

aka Philips Mill/others.Built in 1790, this mill was one of the very first to use the Oliver Evans system. It has an 18-foot x 7-foot breast waterwheel. The Oliver Evans system was installed in 1793. Evans' home was nearby. The mill has been restored to some extent by the Friends of Greenbanks Mill, Inc., and is maintained by this group.

Large stone and frame mill, built in 1704 by Nathaniel Newlin. It was fully restored by the Newlin Mill Foundation. Also, a 1739 stone mill house, stone farm house, etc on the grounds. The mill has an interior wooden waterwheel 16-ft x 4-ft, with 52 buckets. There are two millstones, 42-inchs and 48-inchs in diameter.

Remains of an old Spanish Sugar Mill, probably steam powered.

Old Sugar Mill in St. Augustine, now used as museum and visitor's center.

Located 7 miles nothe of Deland at DeLeon Springs State Park. Mostly ruins. The very large undershot waterwheel, which is no longer in operation, is popular with photographers and artists. In the unusual restaurant, a feature is "all you can eat" pancakes, using organic flour ground in the mill, which you yourself cook on griddles located at each table. The mill is operated with electric power.

Located 7 miles nothe of Deland at DeLeon Springs State Park. Mostly ruins. The very large undershot waterwheel, which is no longer in operation, is popular with photographers and artists. In the unusual restaurant, a feature is "all you can eat" pancakes, using organic flour ground in the mill, which you yourself cook on griddles located at each table. The mill is operated with electric power.

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