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Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Rockingham Co. | Virginia | USA | Unknown-family mill
Township: Ashby Twp. | Watersource: Headwaters of Spring Creek.


Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

This mill was used as a family mill. Grinding and sawing done primarily for immediate and extended family use.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

The mill was owned in the early 1900's by Ira Cline Zimmerman and used by the family to grind hominy,corn meal and graham flour.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

Undoubtedly, Ira's father Peter had owned the mill previously to 1910. He died, in that yuear, following his third stroke which left him paralysed. He had owned and operated the saw & grist mill at the head of Spring Creek for many years at the time of his death.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

The mill was also equipped as a saw mill, and was used as such to build the many of the buildings in the surrounding Spring Creek area.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

The rear of the mill with the stream and dam beyond.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

The saw carriage can be seen to the right of center in the photo. Many other pieces of mill machinery have found there way onto the carriage.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

The angle shows the circular saw blade that is mounted on the carriage. Also can be seen a partial grinding stone housing right above the flower box.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

Some various bit of mill gearing and line shafts lay about the property, adding to the rustic appearance. The mill has been greatly improved upon since the mid-1990's. At tht time, a photo suggested an imminent collapse of the building if something wasn't done soon.

Zimmerman's Grist & Saw Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/15/2008

The miller's house nearby. Ira became ill in the 1930's and milling can to a standstill at that time. In addition, water levels became less, as a rule, and floods more frequent, one of which washed out some of the dam. The mill was owned by Eldon and Joyce Showalter in 1996 and a daughter and son-in-law lived on the farm. Last name of Zimmerman, but no relation to Ira Zimmerman, the former miller at the mill.

"The Lord is the Creator of heaven and earth, and I pray that the Lord will bless you from Zion."
(Psalm 134:3 CEV)
Directions: From Bridgewater go south on Sh 42, turn right onto Sh 727, go 3.3 miles, then right on Sh 613. Go 0.7 miles an turn left on Sh 750 aND GO 0.5 miles to the mill on Spring Creek.
 
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