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Nora Mill Granary
White Co. | Georgia | USA | 1876
Township: n/a | Watersource: Chattahoochee River

Official Website: www.noramill.com/


Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

The mill was built by John Martin, in 1876, when he arrived in Georgia to mine for gold.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

In 1902 Dr. Lamartine G Hardman, a later Governor of Ga. from 1927-1931, bought the mill and named it "Nora Mill" in memory of his sister Nora.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

It used 1,500 pound French Burr Stones and a 100' wooden raceway that fed a water turbine.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

A walkway built over the 100' wooden raceway (sluicebox) that privides the water source from the Chattahoochee River to the mill.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

The dam on the Chattahochee, slightly more than 100' upstream. The wooden raceway begins just above the dam.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

One of the millstones once used in the mill for the grinding of corn and various wheat products.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

In the early 1980's, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Ron Fain, began working with the Hardman family, then leasing the mill, along with his parents, to bring the mill back to life. The millstone set on the left with some elevators for moving grain to upper stories in the ceenter of the photo.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

The stone set (run). Ron's parents died and his daughter, Joann soon became familiar with the running of the mill and the business.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

A roller mill unit used to grind grain into flour. A much finer flour could be ground with roller mills, which employed steel roller within the unit.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

Some shaft and pulley mechanism within the mill. The mill contains a store and extra pieces of milling machinery displayed in a museum atmosphere.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

A Buckwheat Pancake Mix sack. Such items are still produced and sold at the mill, now run by daughter Joann and her husband, Rich Tarpley, since Ron's passing in June, 2001.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

Rich had spent some time with Ron, prior to Ron's unexpected passing, learning the workings of the mill and listening for and feeling the heartbeat of the working mill. Learning to love his involvement with the mill.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

For more, indepth history of the mill and the Fain family see the mill website listed above the first photo.

Nora Mill Granary
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/06/2012

The mill is opposite the Nacoochee Village Antique Mall and the Habersham Winery on Sr 17.GPS: 34D 41.39'N, 83D 42.68'W ele. 1,430'/436 meters Helen Quadrangle

Come to the Light; 'tis shining for thee. Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me. Once I was blind, but now I can see. The Light of the world is Jesus. "The Light of the World Is Jesus" by Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876
(From the Nazarene hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: The mill is situated on the east side of Sr 17 about two miles south of the town of Helen, Georgia.


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