Three views of Prater’s Mill
Built in 1855 on Coahulla Creek in northwest Georgia, Prater’s Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in Whitfield County, GA and for over one hundred years operated as a gristmill for area farmers who would line up with their wagons and mules waiting to get their corn ground. Also nearby were a cotton gin, a saw mill, a wool carder, a syrup mill, a general store, and a blacksmith’s shop. During the American Civil War, the area around the mill was used at different times as a campsite by both the Union and the Confederate armies.
Today, the mill is the site of an annual country fair held every October. According to the official website (http://pratersmill.org/fair/index.htm):
“The Prater’s Mill Country Fair focuses on mountain music, Southern foods, living history exhibits and the handmade crafts and original art of 185 talented artists and artisans. Craft demonstrations include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, rug hooking, woodcarving and hand tufting, a cottage industry that evolved into the tufted carpet industry centered in Dalton, Ga.” (Dalton is known today as the carpet capital of the world.)
A short video showing highlights of the 2012 Prater’s Mill Country Fair…
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