The interior of the Dillard Mill is perfectly preserved, and still runs as it had for over one hundred years.
Tours are offered year-round where you can watch the machinery operate.
Looking out the window, the water of the river pours over the dam with a roar. See one of the old millstones here.
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Wow – talk about steam punk (OK – water punk).Old machinery is just fascinating!And this was still in operation until 1956?Thanks!
I forgot to add (no editing available)…While OT a tad – my family camoed at Alley Spring back in 1952. While the mill was not operating, the ranger took us kids through as a special treat and Gee! it was neat!I recall the water from the spring was so pure we were able to drink it – and eat watercress pulled from near the bank