Near London in Laurel County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Where did Millstones Come From?
Millstone quarries were located at sources of rock with the special qualities needed for grinding. A tremendous amount of work went into shaping millstones from the raw rock. If a flaw appeared as a stone was being shaped, it was usually discarded.
The earliest American grain mills were equipped with millstones imported from Europe. Across the path to your right you may have noticed two large millstones that have been pieced together from smaller rock segments. These are French buhrs, composed of rock from famous, centuries-old millstone quarries near Paris, France.
Some of the millstones you see here were made from hard sandstone rock. A great many were made from conglomerate, a term for rock containing lots of small pebbles. These were sometimes called hailgrit or pebble grit millstones. Although
Location. 37° 5.049′ N, 84° 3.303′ W. Marker is near London, Kentucky, in Laurel County. Marker can be reached from Levi Jackson Road (Kentucky Route 1006) west of Mountain Life Museum Road, on the right when traveling west. Located at Levi Jackson Park Mill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levi Jackson Road, London KY 40744, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dressing a Millstone (here, next to this marker); Millstones Through The Ages (within shouting distance of this marker); "The people went and gathered it and ground it in mills." (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Boone's Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laurel County (approx. ¼ mile away); CSA Returns to Tenn. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wilderness Road Inn (approx. 1.2 miles away); Modrel's Station (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.