Grinding meal the traditional way
By Brian Bowden

Most structures from the early 1800s have fallen to the test of time, and are no longer in working order. The ones that are still standing upright have become obsolete because of the advancement of technology over the past 200 years. However, the Ogeechee Grist Mill, reconstructed sometime around 1847, on the Ogeechee River is still holding on to its roots, its corn-grinding roots.
Originally dammed by the Quakers in the 1700s with wood, the river has actually housed the same mill on each side of its banks. The switch came in 1931, the same year the dam went from wood to granite. "The Reynolds family moved the mill from this side of the river [in Warren County], across the river [in Hancock County] because this side floods," said owner, Missy Garner. The location and type of dam aren't the only part of the mill that has changed over time. The name and ownership has changed hands multiple times throughout its almost 200-year existence. It was originally called Lattimore's Mill.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, March 27, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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