Located along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the smallest Grist Mill I have ever seen. Sitting half on the hillside and partially hanging over the Roaring Fork stream, Alfred Reagan’s Tub Mill was so well constructed and placed that it was still operational when all the other mills in the area were closed due to lack of water.
Water was channeled down this long water flume from the Roaring Fork to strike a primitive horizontal wooden turbine wheel under the mill producing the power to drive the millstone. One of the more unusual features of this mill, the bolting machine used to remove the chaff and separate the ground wheat into different grades, was hand-powered. Reagan’s mill toll was one gallon to the bushel of corn, and he made a few extra gallons of meal a week from his little mill.
Copyright 2020 Susan Rissi Tregoning
June 19th, 2020
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