Saturday, May 13, 2017



On the border of Rowan and Alexander Counties is a wide spot in the Linney Mill Road and there stands a fully operational water powered grist mill,

A mill has been located at this site on Rocky Creek since 1790 when Richard Cook built the first mill.  When he died, his widow, Lucy married Randolph Mayberry.  For decades, the mill was known as "Mayberry Mill".  In 1937, W.L. Linney constructed a dam across Rocky Creek and the family has operated a family business on this site since then.
The waterwheel is made from sheet metal but the mill race is leaky wood.  It creates an interesting photograph with the contrast of the two materials.

I rolled up my pant legs and waded up Rocky Creek to get these shots of the backside of the mill.  The family picnic beside the swinging bridge seen in the background did not know what to make of the Fat Bald White Guy...especially when I slipped and fell. 

Don't worry nothing was hurt but my feelings.  A little wet and muddy ride home though.

This is not the most picturesque water powered mill but it is sure authentic.  I would love to  see this old 1937 water wheel crank up.

The Linney Mill Campground surrounds the mill.  Lots of semi permanent spaces on Rocky Creek.  Along with picnics, there were several fishing the banks.
This mill is a little harder to find.  To get to the Mill, take I-77 north from Statesville.  Exit #150 which is NC 115, take a left on Linney's Mill Road.  Right now NC 115 is under construction.  Linney's Mill is the last road before the final barricade.  The mill is about 4 miles down the road on the left.

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