Just across the Wolf River from the Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park Visitor Center is a red two-story gristmill known as the York Mill. Constructed by James Conley and William Rankin in 1880, this water powered gristmill was used for grinding corn to make cornmeal and served the region for several generations. Decorated World War I soldier, Sgt. York, purchased the gristmill in the early 1940s and operated it until the early 1950s.
The York Mill, located at a bend in the Wolf River just downstream (and across the street) from the York house. The mill consists of a two-story frame millhouse mounted atop pillars of stacked rocks. A milldam diverted water through a millrace, where it turned the mill’s large turbine (when it was operational, the turbine was almost completely submerged). After the state purchased the mill in 1967, a fresh roof and a fresh coat of paint were added. The mill is no longer operational.
The York farm and mill were added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as part of the larger Sergeant York Historic Area in 1973. The York farm was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 11, 1976.
Three bracketed photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D7200 and combined with Photomatix Pro to create this HDR image. Additional adjustments were made in Photoshop CS6.
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