During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers passed through the area. In February 1864, Federal cavalry camped around the mill property while surveying the southern defensive positions north of Dalton. In May 1864, during a skirmish at nearby Varnellís Station, Ben Praterís 17 slaves gathered on the front porch of the grist mill from where they listened to the distant gunfire. Following the war, Praterís former slaves settled near the mill. Many are buried on the property, and some of their descendants remain in the area to this day.
National Park Service Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss has said of Praterís Mill, “Think of the wonderful stories the
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Location. 34° 53.731′ N, 84° 55.218′ W. Marker is near Varnell, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on Prater Mill Road NE (Georgia Route 2), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Varnell GA 30756, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Praterís Mill and The Civil War (here, next to this marker); Water Turbine (a few steps from this marker); Praterís Mill Store (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Praterís Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Lacewellís Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Cotton Gin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Federal Road (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Historic Varnell Home (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varnell.
Also see . . . Prater's Mill Historic Site. (Submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.