Friday, February 3, 2012

Hodges Mill

The final mill is derelict and the owner is looking for a buyer. But be aware, expensive restoration is badly needed. The mill operated up until about 1990, nearly 200 years. It, too, was converted from mill stones to modern roller mills.

And the conversion required that the milling machines be driven by belts and pulleys.

The large, geared wheel powering the equipment was converted to belt drive, and a jumble of belts and pulleys filled the interior.

But the large, overshot wheel sits motionless, the mill race no longer capable of delivering water to it.

While rummaging around inside, we spotted an unexpected reminder of earlier times.

There was an unopened case of "World's Fair Beer," a brew marketed in the area during the 1982 World's Fair held in Knoxville. Recken it would still be good? (Recken it ever was?)


  1. I reckon it never was any good Jim. :)

    What fun it would be to renovate this place, but what a lot of work also. And money.

  2. Very interesting post. Too bad the mill isn't preserved as a museum.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

  3. Beautiful old machinery; I've really enjoyed these last few posts. Reckon there's only one way to find out about the beer!

  4. What a shame to see a mill in such a state. The amount of money to fix it would be enormous. But how sad to see it crumbling like that.