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Falls Mill
Franklin Co. | Tennessee | USA | 1873
Township: u/k | Watersource: Factory Creek

Official Website: www.fallsmill.com


Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

Falls Mill was completed in 1873 for Robert N. Mann and Azoariah R. David. It replaced an older cotton spinning factory built here about 1840.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

Women were primarily employed, working 6 to 10 months a year, and were paid $2 a week for a 72-hour work week in the early 1880's at the Falls Mills Manufacturing Company.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

Bricks for the building were molded and fired on site. Timbers were sawed on an "up-and-down" sash sawmill, lap-jointed, and pegged together.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

The headrace runs beside the mill and runs too the large waterwheel on the rear.

Falls Mill
Picture: Hugh Allen 04/12/2007

The ginning equipment was housed in another building, and the mill was used for power, bale storage, dances, and a skating rink. World War II brought and end to this enterprise. Looking down on the top of the waterwheel.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

The mill has been restored and has been converted to a grist/flour mill, something it never was down through the years. The earlier grist mill had been in a different building, now demised.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

Grain is actually ground with water powering the 32' waterwheel and mill products can be purchased at the mill store owned and operated by John & Jane Lovett, Spoom members. John is on the Board of Directors for the Spoom organization. Check at www.Spoom.org for further particulars about mill preservation & restoration.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

A display in the mill of a waterwheel gudgeon. A gudgeon is the hub of the wheel on either end of the axle.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

A few years after the mill closed in 1906, it was reactivated by the Lucas and Kieth families as a cotton gin. By this time the community of "Falls Mill" had grown around it, boasting a seperate flour mill, blacksmith shop, stores, and houses.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

Cotton and woolen looms.GPS: 35D 5.93'N, 86D 15.69'W ele 833'/254 meters Huntland Quadrangle

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

A photo exhibited in the mill, digitally photographed by Bob Kinsey.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

Mill products can be purchased at the mill store owned and operated by John & Jane Lovett, Spoom members. John is on the Board of Directors for the Spoom organization. Check at www.Spoom.org for further particulars about mill preservation & restoration.

Falls Mill
Picture: Hugh Allen 04/12/2007

Above see the date insribed on the door lintel, Man & David-1873.

Falls Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/08/2008

A good view of the business end of the former textile mill turned grist mill.Jane Lovett/Manager134 Falls Mill Road, Bellvidere, Tn 37306 Phone: (931) 469-7161 - - E- mail: fallsmill@tnco.net - - Web: Open: Year round. Hours Open: Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat 9am to 4pm, Sunday 12:30 -4 Closed Wednesday. Closed week of Christmas and New Year's.

"Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense, and think of my lifted hands as an evening sacrifice."
(Psalm 141:2 CEV)
Directions: Located SW of Belvidere, Tennessee & SW of Winchester. From Belvidere, go SW on US 64/Sh 15/David Crockett Hwy. for about 5 miles, turn right on Old Salem-Lexie Road, go one mile or more to the mill at 134 Falls Mill Road.


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