Near Statesboro in Bulloch County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Akinsí Mill Pond / The Families of Akinsí Mill Pond
About 1883, using a narrow gauge railroad with mule drawn hopper cars, Green Barnes built a dam on the headwaters of Mill Creek, creating a 300-acre pond, which soon came into the possession of Barnesí son-in-law, Welcome Amos Akins. Amos Akins built the mill house in 1907, and in 1910, he opened a pavilion for dances and public gatherings, lighted by one of the first Delco light plants in the area. The pond was a popular swimming place and local churches conducted baptisms in its waters. A large turbine turned by water released from the pond powered the mill. The top millstone weighed one ton and could be adjusted to grind corn into fine or coarse particles. The mill ground grain, ginned cotton and sawed timber. Tuesdays and Saturdays were grinding days. The great stones crushed grain into grits, meal or chicken feed. The gin could clean a bale of short staple cotton in an hour, but it could clean only four bales of long staple Sea Island cotton in a day. Akins Mill ginned its last bale of cotton in 1930. Eventually a second saw mill, turpentine still and community store were opened in the area. When Amos Akins died in 1945, his son, Fred M. Akins, operated the mill until 1948.
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Erected by The Bulloch County Historical Society, sponsored by the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1601 Akins Pond Road, Statesboro GA 30461, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rigdonís Mill / The Rigdon Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away); Banks Dairy Farm (approx. 3.9 miles away); Skirmish at Statesboro (approx. 3.9 miles away); Willow Hill School and Community (approx. 4Ĺ miles away); World War II Prison Camp (approx. 4Ĺ miles away); First Baptist Church of Statesboro (approx. 4.7 miles away); Willow Hill Elementary School for Negroes (approx. 4.8 miles away); Bulloch County (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Statesboro.
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