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Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Lawrence Co. | Tennessee | USA | Pre-Civil War
Township: unknown | Watersource: Clear Creek.



Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Matt Peck Late winter, 2000

In 1823, the mill and general store were the heart of the Fall River community in the Clear Creek Valley; and as they prospered, two churches were added and then a school, blacksmith shop, tannery, timber sawmill, sorghum mill and a cemetery as the peaceful valley grew. For the next 130 years, the mill, general store and the home place served many needs.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Matt Peck Late winter, 2000

In 1862, at the beginning of the Civil War, the Union Army raided through middle Tennessee and following a "scorched earth" policy, they burned the mill to the ground. Fortunately, the mill owner and his family's lives were spared; but it was a devastating blow to the very peaceful and prosperous Clear Creek Valley. The lives of many of the Valley?s folk were shattered, but as soon as the war ended, 1865, they went to work rebuilding the once proud Fall River community that embodied the true pioneer spirit of the times.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Matt Peck Late winter, 2000

Twenty years later, in 1885, the first family members of the current owners of the Fall River community properties arrived and infused new cutting technologies and equipment for wheat and corn grinding.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Mark Wilburn 06/12/2014

Take a 200-year walk back in time to the early 1800?s as you stroll around the historic water-powered mill at Fall River. Above the great waterfalls, you can hear the faint voices of the mule drivers and creaking wagon wheels early in the morning as they arrive with their heavy loads of wheat and corn and line up for what will be a long day at the mill. But these early pioneers are happy to be here, to meet their neighbors, trade stories, get up-to-date on local happenings and shop for necessities at the general store as they await the grinding of what will be their survival food for the coming winter.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Mark Wilburn 06/12/2014

In 1914, G. T. Wilburn (the second generation of current owners) took over the management of the mill and the general store. Under his guidance and stewardship the mills? productivity grew. His ingenious ability to adapt paired with his acclaimed knowledge of how to grind the best wheat and corn products brought regional fame to the mill. It also brought new customers from a fifty-mile radius as the Henry Ford automobile and truck ownership grew. The water wheel provided the internal engine source. The Clear Creek falls and water wheel generated the energy for the water driven mill.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Wikipedia-Pwilby14 06/12/2014

They built a dam across the Clear Creek at the head of the bluffs creating a large thirty-acre millpond that would allow the mill to operate 24/7 even when the creek was low during drought seasons. Fall River was once again on the rise and its success helped revitalize and stabilize the Clear Creek Valley for the next 50 years.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Mark Wilburn 06/12/2014

In 1924, G.T. and his wife Florence bought out the other family members and dedicated their lives to the Fall River community and its? pursuit of peaceful progress through hard work and exemplary neighbor morals. G.T. and Florence Wilburn raised three sons, Lloyd, Clyde and James, as they succeeded and the Fall River community flourished. A row of Case Roller Mills, steel rollers ground finer flour than stone ground.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Orig. Solomon Davis 06/12/2014

Time Line: *1823 - Construction began and the exact date of completion is unknown on the original Mill. * John A. Hagan was the first recorded deed owner. It was a water driven mill. * 1862 - The Union Army burned the Mill to the ground as they swept through the South on a "scorched earth" policy. Fortunately the Hagan Family was spared. * 1865 - Summer, the Civil War was over and John Hagan began rebuilding the Mill on the same spot as the burned mill. * 1870 - Ownership passed from John Hagan to the Scott family. * 1885 - Ownership passed to the White family and they installed a dam and a water driven turbine that powered the machinery, for grinding fine flour, that is still in the Mill today.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Orig. Solomon Davis 06/12/2014

Time Line cont'd: * 1909 - Mr. White employed G. T. Wilburn (his wife Tenny's nephew) to manage the Mill and the Mill's Country store. * 1924 - G. T. Wilburn and his wife Florence purchased the Mill, Mill Store, farm house, barn and small rental house (all covering 15 acres) and he renamed the Mill and Country Store as G. T. Wilburn and Son's Mill and General Store. * 1932 - First Wilburn family member to be born at the Wilburn Home place. C. W. Buz Wilburn, son of Clyde and Bessie, and grandson of G. T. and Florence Wilburn. * 1950 - The G. T. Wilburn and Son's mill ceased grinding flour, but continued grinding corn for cornmeal and feed for livestock.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Facebook 06/12/2014

Time Line cont'd: * 1956 - The G. T. Wilburn and Son's mill closed its' operations entirely and G. T.continued to operate the G.T. Wilburn and Son Grocery Store. * 1974 - G.T. passed away and his oldest son Lloyd took over the operation of the Grocery Store and ran it until 2000, then it was shuttered. * 1983 - Florence Wilburn passed away. * 1984 - Present: The property has been preserved but has remained inactive. The G.T. Wilburn home place sits within 150 yards of the mill.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Orig. Solomon Davis 06/12/2014

Chutes and elevators surround a flour packer inside. Remarkably the equipment and interior has withstood the test of time. You can still feel the vibration and hear the thundering noise generated by the machinery.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Facebook 06/12/2014

Today, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of G.T. and Florence own the Fall River Properties consisting of almost 500 acres, the G.T. Wilburn & Son's Mill and General Store, the home place and several other houses and buildings. There are miles of road frontage around and through the properties and the Clear Creek and Fall River Falls are at the center of the properties.The current owners are offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a genuine piece of Americana real estate. The heirs are seeking a visionary buyer to acquire this historic property. A unique investor who appreciates and will dedicate his/her ownership and stewardship to extend the 200-year history of this fantastic, legendary place in America's history.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Orig. Solomon Davis 06/12/2014

Today, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of G.T. and Florence own the Fall River Properties consisting of almost 500 acres, the G.T. Wilburn & Son's Mill and General Store, the home place and several other houses and buildings. There are miles of road frontage around and through the properties and the Clear Creek and Fall River Falls are at the center of the properties.The current owners are offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a genuine piece of Americana real estate. The heirs are seeking a visionary buyer to acquire this historic property. A unique investor who appreciates and will dedicate his/her ownership and stewardship to extend the 200-year history of this fantastic, legendary place in America's history.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill

The heirs are seeking a visionary buyer to acquire this historic property. A unique investor who appreciates and will dedicate his/her ownership and stewardship to extend the 200- year history of this fantastic, legendary place in America’s history. - - Trisha Wilburn

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Showcase Photographers: Solomon Davis 06/12/2014

Surrounded by beautiful virgin land, crisscrossing streams and ponds, the Wilburn Estate contains a home, barns, general store and functional grainmill driven by a breath-taking falls of Clear Creek. Covering almost 500 acres, the estate contains more than 310 acres of marketable timber; over 170 acres of row crop or pasture land and two rental homes. Clear Creek winds through the property for more than a mile and there are miles of frontage on two separate county roads.

Wilburn Mill / Fall Creek Mill
Picture: Orig. Solomon Davis 06/12/2014

The mill and acreage are for sale. Jim Beuerlein, Pilkerton Realtors-jim@iselltn.com 485 acres - $2,000,000.00 asking price Work:615-371-2474/Mobile:615-351-3000/Fax:615-915-5904 Wilburn Grist Mill, 17 Wilburn Mill Road, Leoma, TN, 38468 MLS# 1550845 Click on the Official website button above. GPS: 35D 7.76'N, 87D 13.31'W ele 804'/245 meters Lawrenceburg Quadrangle Also look up www.wilburngristmill.com

Directions: Heading west from Pulaski on US 64, in about 7 miles, turn left on Johnson Branch Road. Drive southwest on Johnson Branch Road, which turns into Clear Creek Road. At the intersection of Fall River Road, continue straight, then turn right. The mill is on the right, across from a farm.


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