|2018 Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival|
15th Annual Halifax County Heritage and
Antique Machinery Festival will feature the Grand
Opening of the Grist Mill Saturday, May 5th
at 12 noon.
Grist Mill, a vision of a group of Heritage Festival
Committee members began several years ago when the
committee obtained gears and stones from the old
Sizemore Grist Mill that once operated in the Omega area
of Halifax County.
gears and grinding stones on hand, the group began
traveling to various locations looking at exhibition
grist mills to formulate a plan for building a mill that
would become a permanent working exhibit at the Annual
the group found the design they felt would work best,
beams were ordered, a construction team was assembled,
and construction began in February 2017.
dedicated construction team spent the past 15 months
erecting the grist mill that is located at the rear of
the Exhibit Hall at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.
The frame-work is an 1800ís design of mortise
and tension joints with wooden pegs. The
split-level design showcases turning stones on the
inside with the gear-works visible at the back of the
massive water wheel is powered by a recyclable pump.
Heritage Festival Committee is very proud of the
all-volunteer team that came together to grade the land,
build a retaining wall, install the water wheel, and
erect the mill.
The project went from a group vision, to sketch
on a piece of paper, to an actual working grist mill in
a little over one year.
The committee is also very thankful for the
gracious donations of supplies and building materials
from many area businesses and industries which helped
make the project a reality.
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