2017 Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival


Grist Mill to be Built at Heritage Festival

Members of the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival Committee plan to erect a grist mill that will be another permanent working exhibit featured at the Heritage Festival.

Plans for building the mill began a couple of years ago when committee members were able to obtain gears and stones from the old Sizemore grist mill that once operated in the Omega area.  This past fall, committee members traveled extensively looking at exhibition grist mills in other locations.   

Once the group found the design they felt would work best, wooden beams were ordered and a construction team was assembled.  The frame work of the mill will be an 1800’s design of mortise and tenon joints with wooden pegs.     

Joining Heritage Festival Committee members on the project is Thomas Tucker from Locust, North Carolina.  A master woodwright, Tucker has been an exhibitor at the Heritage Festival for the past several years and has been demonstrating traditional woodworking of the 1800’s for over 25 years.    

Also coming on board is James Gordon, owner and operator of Springfield Distillery at News Ferry.  Gordon has built several log cabins at Springfield and was featured on DIY Network’s “Barnwood Builders” a couple of years ago. 

Bobby Conner, coordinator of the project said, “We are so lucky to have the experience of everyone involved as we work together to build another permanent exhibit for the festival.”

The mill will be erected at the rear of the Exhibit Hall at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.   The split level design will showcase the turning stones on the inside with the gear works visible at the back of the building.  The water wheel will be powered by a recyclable pump. 

Construction is in progress with plans to have the structure framed in time for this year’s festival.  To see an artist sketch, please click here.

The 14th Annual Halifax County Heritage Festival will be held May 5th – 7th at the Halifax County Fairgrounds in South Boston.  For more information, visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org.


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