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Near Westville in Walton County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Alford’s Mill

 
 
Alford’s Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, April 10, 2012
1. Alford’s Mill Marker
east side of two sided marker
Inscription. Near this location, Marion Alford established in 1864 a water-powered grist mill that became the focal point of a small farming community that developed in this area of north Walton County. Archaeological remains of the mill dam and foundations still exist along Limestone Creek. Mills played a very important role in the growth of rural Florida communities in the nineteenth and very early twentieth centuries. Alford’s Mill provided corn meal, a staple of the local diet, and a gathering place for those who lived and worked in the nearby forests and fields. The community, known as Alford’s Mill until the early 1880s when the settlement was renamed Limestone, also included a post office and stage coach stop, churches, cemeteries, homesteads and farms. In 1883 the mill was sold to the Chandlers who operated the facility until 1893 when the Alford family reacquired the grist mill. In 1897 Alford’s Mill was converted to a sawmill, which operated until 1904, when the mill at last fell silent as the age of water-power came to an end.

A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2008 by Walton County Public Works and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-621.)
 
Location. 30° 59.306′ N, 86° 
Alford’s Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, April 10, 2012
2. Alford’s Mill Marker
west side of two sided marker
3.616′ W. Marker is near Westville, Florida, in Walton County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Alford Road, on the right when traveling east on Oak Grove Road. Touch for map. Marker is approximately two miles northeast of the intersection of Oak Grove Road and County Road 181. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1791 Oak Grove Road, Westville FL 32464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Alford’s Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, April 10, 2012
3. Alford’s Mill Marker
Looking west from intersection of Oak Grove and Alford Roads.
Alford’s Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, April 10, 2012
4. Alford’s Mill Marker
looking east
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 24, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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