How the Mill Works

No. 16.
The Hopper Scale

This scale has a dual purpose. It is a small temporary holding bin that is also a scale. This allowed both the farmer and the miller to agree on exactly how much grain there was to store and grind. Once weighed the grain drops to the bottom hole and is moved by belts and buckets either to the large storage bins or redirected to the grinding area.

 

 

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No. 17.
The Main Beams

The main beams that you see in the mill are from trees that were cut down right here. The early builders used local trees to build all of the mills along this river. There were at least five mills that we know of along a mile stretch of this river. The Clifton Mill is the only one standing.

No. 18.
The Flour Bag Collection
 

The many flour bags you see hanging are from some of the many mills that no longer exist. We consider this our own little art gallery. You will not find bags like these on the shelves of your grocery stores. Many of these bags are 100 years old. The art work, color and detail is not found on bags of today. Many of them have catchy titles for their flour. The truth is that it is basically all the same flour, just catchy names that the mills took pride in telling the world that this was their flour.

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