Monday, March 24, 2008

Shepard's Mill

If, like me, you grew up in or around Jackson County, you very well may have enjoyed cornbread or grits made from grain ground at Shepard's Mill across the river in Gadsden County.

The old mill has been grinding corn since 1875, when it opened for business at Telogia Creek on the outskirts of present-day Greensboro. It is one of the last operating commercial gristmills in the South.

Unlike many surviving gristmills that are now in parks or that operate occassionally, Shepard's Mill continues to serve the purpose for which it was built. The owners operate the mill to make cornmeal, grits and a variety of other products that are sold around the world. If you would like to read more on this unique old water mill, please visit

Shepard's Mill is similar to a number of such industries that once stood in Jackson County, at least one of which (Kent Mill) still operates from time to time.

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