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Jolly Mill
Newton Co. | Missouri | USA | 1848
Township: Berwick Twp. | Watersource: Capps Creek, trib. to Shoal Cr.


Jolly Mill
Picture: Jim Miller May 1993

The mill was built in 1848 and was once, or maybe in the beginning, a distillery & grist mill hence the name of the little community that sprang up there called Jollification or Jolly for short. Built by slave workers, it was one of the few mills not burned in the Civil War.

Jolly Mill
Picture: Jim Miller May 1993

Little restoration work has been done in the interior, but many changes exist on the exterior. The mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Jolly Mill
Picture: Jim Miller May 2002

The grounds have been converted into a park. Several other buildings; the Chapman Schoolhouse, a barn, a sawmill, and maybe more have been installed on the grounds to restore a semblence of the former community.

Jolly Mill
Picture: Jim Miller May 2002

One old steel bridge is on the grounds to the south-bypassed, while another steel bridge is still being used on a gravel road north of the park grounds, but visible from there. To become a member of or to see about scheduling an event at the mill, contact The Friends of Jolly Mill, contact: Jolly Mill Park, 31630 Jolly Mill Lane, Pierce City, Mo 65723. phone: 417-476-5809. The mill and grounds are privately owned. Ask for contact info for Margie McCormick. This info was current 3/31/98.

"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. ... God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect."
(2 Samuel 22:31&33 KJV)
Directions: Southwest of Springfield on US 60 40 miles to Monet, Mo., go an additional 8.2 miles to 1st road west of the Capps Creek/Berwick Township line at abandoned flooring factory. Go south on the paved road 1.8 mile to fork. Take the left fork for 0.7 miles to old bridge over Capps Cr. the mill is just beyond the bridge.
 
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