The Old Gristmill and The Covered Bridge

Gristmill at Stone Mountain Park 2013

Once upon a time “The Old Gristmill” was a place where you would find someone grinding cornmeal to sell to the visitors.  Now-a-days when you visit Stone Mountain Park you will find this building empty, but this wheel still turns reminding us of its purpose.

Wheel of Gristmill

Sideview of Gristmill at Stone Mountain Park

And, perhaps after you have your picnic underneath the trees on the hill overlooking The Old Gristmill,” then you will venture beyond it walking along the trail beside the lake. At the end of your walk you will discover The Covered Bridge.”

1-Walk in Park

2-Covered bridgeAnd,  then you will walk across the covered bridge to the other side where you will find yourself on Indian Island.

3-Walk across covered bridge

1-Covered Bridge in Fall

And, after your tour of the small island you will walk back across the bridge and follow the walking trail that will bring you back to The Gristmill.” where your adventure started.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 19, 2013



Filed under History, Walking

20 responses to “The Old Gristmill and The Covered Bridge

  1. Love the article! Thanks for sharing. bill

  2. Edifices like grist mills are important sources of history. You can mention and describe such things in conversation or writing but to preserve a working mill in real life can really drive home how industrial facilities like these actually gave birth to some of todays cities throughout North America and Europe.

    • It’s great when you do find a working mill, one that produces that stone ground flour or corn. And, without the industrial age, maybe there would not be any cities. Thanks for commenting.

  3. A weak point, covered bridges! So many disappearing and to me they immortalize our past.

  4. Amy

    That’s a beautiful covered bridge! Beautiful photos.

  5. Pit

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the posting: you’ve just added another item to my bucket list. 🙂
    Best regards from southern Texas,

  6. Great post Mary. We have many covered bridges in Oregon, and your explanation is right on.

  7. Now what a great conversion job that mill would make, Mary! I’d love to live by the water. 🙂

    • There’s something about water that’s peaceful. Everytime I go to the ocean, I don’t want to leave. Maybe it’s because when I was growing up, I lived near in a place where the mountain streams were so crystal clear you could see the rocks on the bottom.

  8. The reason I live on what appears to be a small lake is because back in the 1800’s Dowagiac Creek was dammed to provide power for a grist mill a few hundred yards downstream from my house.. The mill is gone, but the dam is still there. The town does have a huge flour mill, but it’s not water-powered!

    • What an interesting story and sorry to hear that the mill is gone. My grandfather’s mill in North Carolina is gone too, but I’ve heard many stories about what a great thing it was. There’s nothing better than grist mill ground cornmeal or flour.

  9. That reminds me — we have a gristmill not far from Knoxville in Pigeon Forge, TN. It’s overshadowed by commencial ventures, but I still love to go there and listen to the sound of the water and think about older times!

    • Yes, it does evoke nostalgic feelings. One of my favorite places when I was growing up was high in the Great Smoky Mountains overlooking a cliff and waterfall that I hiked to frequently.

  10. Fabulous bridge – I never seen an explanation as to why they are covered

    • Now, that’s a good question. I think they were covered to protect them from the weather so they will last longer extending the life of a wooden bridge. And, covered bridges keep the ice from collecting making it safer to cross. It’s also a great place to stop for cover from a downpour of rain.

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