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Sautee Nacoochee in White County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Millstones

African American Heritage Site

 
 
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By Tom Bosse
1. Millstones Marker
Inscription.  Quarriers cut millstone blanks from an exposed ledge of gneiss rock adjacent to Mill Rock Branch, a small stream at the upper end of Sautee Valley. They used hardened steel hammers known as mill picks to cut grooves (lands) and ridges to shape the working faces of millstones used in grist mills for grinding corn into grits and cornmeal. Three millstones are on display here. This millstone is unfinished. The millstone to the left of the slave dwelling was at Stovall Mill, and the millstone near the rock wall was a Watts Mill. E.P. Williams, who owned the Nacoochee slave dwelling, operated an “industrial complex” on nearby Sautee Creek where flowing water powered the machinery, and slaves provided labor. A grist mill at this complex used a millstone similar, but somewhat large than these.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 34° 41.193′ N, 83° 40.562′ W. Marker is in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, in White County. Marker is on Georgia Route 255, on the left when traveling
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By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
2. Millstones Marker
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north. Marker located near the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sautee Nacoochee GA 30571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Slave Dwelling (here, next to this marker); Cooling Vat (here, next to this marker); African American Heritage Site (a few steps from this marker); Slave Garden (a few steps from this marker); Emancipation Wall (a few steps from this marker); Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); Joe Brown Pikes (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bishop Marvin A. Franklin (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sautee Nacoochee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center. (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Millstones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
3. Millstones Marker
The Stovall Millstone image. Click for full size.
By Leah Tibbs, May 1, 2021
4. The Stovall Millstone
This is the millstone from the Stovall Mill that sits "to the left of the slave dwelling".
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on May 12, 2021, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   4. submitted on May 11, 2021, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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