Gristmill

Water powered gristmill

Water powered gristmill

The man who ran the gristmill was an important figure in the rural wiregrass society by providing a vital service to the rural farmer- grinding grains for grits and meal. Many mills may have also contained machinery for cotton ginning, and sawmilling. Serving as another social space, local men would congregate there to visit, share news, or fish in the pond while they waited for their grain to be ground. The GMA gristmill is a water-powered mill, which was the traditional source of energy before the 1890s. This gristmill was built in 1879 in Worth County.  On your next visit, don’t forget to stop by and see the mill in action!