Tag Archives: South Georgia Gristmills

Big Chief Grist Mill, Marion County

This location on Lanahassee Creek has been home to a grist mill since the mid-1800s, according to an oral history conducted by Mia Harris in 2016 [Columbus State University Archives: Marion County Heritage Tour, April 2016]. Located near two historic communities (Church Hill and Pineville), the mill has been operated by three generations of the Upton family.

It ceased regular operations in 1950 but was revived in for a few years beginning in 1980. The late Billy E. Powell, son of Myrtice Evelyn Upton Powell, rebuilt the mill in 1994 and the sluice gate was rebuilt more recently.

The pond is known as Powell’s Mill Pond. It is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Marion County.’

 

 

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Beall’s Mill, Forest Glen

forest glen ga wilcox county red barn photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008

This is among the first images I posted on this website and I’ve been seeing it my whole life. I was so delighted to learn some of its history, from Emily Anderson: This building was used to grind corn to make meal. Mr. Tomlin operated the mill which was owned by the Beall family (wife was Flora Dix Beall).

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