Monday, October 17, 2011

Visit to Parks Mill

Last Friday
We drove to Abingdon, Virginia, to visit the Parks Mill. I think it is one of a dwindling number of operating mills. It was a nice experience to walk through that old mill and imagine the tons of corn that had been ground there in past years. They still grind corn for two products: corn meal and grits. We bought 2 packages of the meal and 1 of the grits.

Later that evening Beverly baked some cornbread muffins made from that Parks Mill corn meal. It was delicious. I can’t wait to try the grits!

Here’s a few pictures to give you a feel for our visit to the old mill. (And thanks to my friend Nancy O who gave the information about this working mill.)

The water wheel is still turning. Note the belt that powers off the wheel. IMG_1417
Here some fresh cornmeal  that will bagged soon. IMG_4236
Bags are laid out and ready for hand labeling. On the bag is says “Stone Ground” and “Where the Water Drive is still Alive.” IMG_4231
The entrance to the General Store. They specialize in BBQ. IMG_4270
Bags of cornmeal ready for sale. IMG_4268
Here’s old Granddaddy looking over some of the equipment in the mill. IMG_1414
A scarecrow is one of many unusual items of d├ęcor around the mill which also includes many flowers. IMG_4255

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
These autumn days are just beautiful.
Be sure to get outside and enjoy the days before the calendar creeps into November & December.

Quote of the Day
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Albert Camus

Joke of the Day

During training exercises, the lieutenant who was driving down a muddy back road encountered another jeep stuck in the mud with a red-faced Colonel at the wheel.

"Your jeep stuck, sir ?" asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside.

"Nope," replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys, "yours is."

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