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Abandoned Mill, Daisy

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Ruins of Bowen’s Mill, Ben Hill County

Having grown up swimming and exploring House Creek, I always wondered about the history of Bowen’s Mill. A few days ago, I got a message from Mike Hudson that a new bridge over House Creek was about to be constructed and he expressed concern that these ruins would likely be swept up in the debris of the construction project. Mike Carlok of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Office of Environmental Services notes:  these ruins will not be swept up from GDOT construction. Our Office of Environmental Services (OES) has taken extraordinary steps to make sure that this history will not be erased by our projects. This site has been recommended Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places…and it deserves that recommendation…and I myself will be there to monitor construction…

A large grist mill was constructed here by R. V. Bowen, Sr., in 1836 and was in operation here into the 20th century. A water-powered sawmill was also part of the operation. This was one of the first industrial sites in this section of the state.

A wooden dam, which contained a 100-acre lake, failed at some point in the 1940s and swept away most of the mill.

 

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Clark’s Mill, Jefferson County

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I haven’t been able to locate any information on Clark’s Mill, but it’s obviously an important landmark in Jefferson County.

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Like most old mills today, it’s located on private property and is not accessible to the public. There’s also what appears to have been a modern restaurant located on the property.

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Site of Davis Mill, Worth County

Davis Mill Foundation Jones Creek Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Davis Mill was built on Jones Creek in northern Worth County in 1879. The foundation of the gristmill remains today, as does the millpond (now known as Jordan Company Lake). The mill itself is extant, as well. It was relocated to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton.

Jones Creek at Davis Mill Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I came here with Hoyt Dorminey, who shared memories of visiting his uncle and aunt, J. W. & Mattie Lindsey, in the 1950s. They operated the mill, which was then owned by S. O. Spooner. It stopped producing about 1963.

Davis Mill Pond Worth County GA Jordan Company Lake Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Durden’s Mill Pond, Emanuel County

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Coca Cola Sign Millstone Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This sign beckoned me to turn in, but besides turning around and snapping a few shots, I was unable to explore this local landmark as it’s private property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The structure pictured above and the cabin below are all I saw, but there appear to be others on the surrounding property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Cabin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The mill pond is a tranquil landscape and a longtime favorite of fishermen.

Durdens Mil Pond Durdenville GA Emanuel County Landmark Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Scarlet Wild Basil (Clinopodium coccineum) , a species widespread in the nearby Ohoopee Dunes, is present here, as well. I’ve seen more of these interesting native plants in Emanuel County than anywhere else in Georgia.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County GA Scarlet Wild Basil Ohoopee Dunes Landscape Wildflower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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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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Sunsweet Mills, Tift County

Sunsweet Mills Sunsweet GA Tift County Ghost Town Abandoned Mill Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Oliver Davis owned this old mill and the store in Sunsweet. I made this photo in 2011 and recently learned that it collapsed some time in 2013.

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