Monday, May 1, 2017

COCKERHAM/WOOTEN MILL ASHE COUNTY, NC

NEW RIVER MILL
Located at 1580 Dog Creek Road Ext. Ashe County, N.C. is an old grist mill.  It is located on the banks of the New River, just about a mile north of Jefferson Landing Golf Course.  http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/AH0056.pdf
Hundreds of Kayakers from Zaloo's Canoes pass by it every summer.  Few have any idea what this old building is or its historical significance to the Nathan's Creek community near Crumpler in Ashe County.
The mill was constructed by Marcus Lafayette Cockerham on a site on Dog Creek where it flows into the South Fork of the New River.  Construction was between 1884 and 1899.  The waterwheel is beneath the two story structure.

The front of the mill faces the Joe Little Road and bears a sign indicating "1790" and "Wootens Mill".  I am not sure the significance of the sign as I know this structure does not date back to 1790 but there are indications that it has been a mill site before the construction of the mill in the late 1800's.  There are several adjacent buildings in similar stages of disrepair.
This would make a wonderful historical site for Ashe County as it is a unique part of the history still remaining.  Hopefully, someone will soon restore this site before it is lost.



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