Sunday, June 07, 2009

George L. Smith State Park, Georgia

On May 30 I rode my VFR to the George L. Smith State Park near Statesboro, GA to visit my eleventh of Georgia's 16 covered bridges. This one is unique in that it is not just a bridge, but a bridge and mill in one. The structure is built atop a dam, through which flowing water turns a turbine that runs the mill. Built in 1880, it served as a grist mill, sawmill, and cotton gin through 1973. In 1998 work was done to resume the functionality of the grist mill, and it continues to grind corn.


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