Parrish Mill, 1880, Emanuel County

George L Smith State Park Old Parrish Mill Covered Bridge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Now the centerpiece of George L. Smith State Park, the renovated structure seen here was built by James M. Parrish, who along with Alexander Hendricks purchased the surrounding 200 acres from J. J. Moring in 1880 and set about building a dam and grist mill on Fifteen Mile Creek. The structure also served as a covered bridge.

George L Smith State Park Parrish Millpond Dam Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgai USA 2014

The pond, filled with cypress trees, is one of the most picturesque places in this section of Georgia and attracts fishermen, kayakers and nature lovers from all over. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but well worth a visit.

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County GA Parrish Millpond Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Though the lake is man-made, it’s a pristine natural area attracting lots of birds and other wildlife.

George L Smith State Park Cypress Trees Mill Pond Emanuel County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A relatively short walking trail follows the pond and affords views like these from one of several docks and overlooks.

George L Smith State Park Dock Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County GA Cypress Trees Mill Pond Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County Mill Pond Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Take advantage of a peaceful hour or two and stop by when you’re in the area.

George L Smith State Park Parrish Millpond Recreational Boating Dock Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgai USA 2014

One of the most knowledgeable guides to the park is Wesley Hendley, who loves being on the water and has a real passion for the history of the area.

http://www.millpondkayak.com/html/interesting_links.html

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One response to “Parrish Mill, 1880, Emanuel County

  1. Gail Williams

    How would I fine George L. Smith State Park? Is Mill pond close to here?

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