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Jefferson in Jackson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gristmill

Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm

 
 
Gristmill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
1. Gristmill Marker
Inscription.  This building was constructed in 1900 and stands near the center of the farm complex close to corncribs and the wheat house with its granary. It is also located close to the blacksmith's shop and it is probable that hands working in the shop would also operate the mill machinery.

Inside the building, shelled corn — 'grist' — and threshed grain were lifted by conveyer belt from a bin into the hopper above the vertical grindstones. From there the grist or grain was fed by a funnel down through an 'eye' into the center of the grindstones, and the rotation of these stones ground the grist into meal and the grain into flour.

An International Harvester 'Model P 30' engine stationed in the shed on the west side of the building provided the power to operate the millstones. This engine also provided power to a hammer mill and a planing mill. The hammer mill was used to crush corn for animal feed. It was located in the shed on the south side of the building. The planing mill still stands near the International Harvester engine; it was used to prepare lumber from the sawmill for use in the carpenter's shop and elsewhere on the farm. (Marker
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 34° 3.789′ N, 83° 35.286′ W. Marker is in Jefferson, Georgia, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Etheridge Road just south of Johnson Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the front/east side of the building, just to the left of the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2355 Etheridge Road, Jefferson GA 30549, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mule Barn, Yard and Cribs (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith's Shop and Carpenter's Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Garage (within shouting distance of this marker); Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); Milking Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Tractor Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheat House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gin Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jefferson.
 
Regarding Gristmill. Contributing property, Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, National Register of Historic Places #92000814.
 
Related markers.
Gristmill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
2. Gristmill Marker
(marker mounted on left side of entrance)
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm
 
Gristmill Marker (<i>east/front elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
3. Gristmill Marker (east/front elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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