The meeting served as an introduction, giving members background information on the property itself, along with information about previous fundraising efforts and improvements made to the property.
The board discussed fundraising options, including holding more concerts with ENC radio station WRNS as a partner and selling mill bags -- old bags that can't be used for holding flour anymore -- at various events.
Howard said painting the mill house should stop any outside deterioration, but there is a lot more work to be done.
"We would like to focus on the electrical work that needs to be done to get the mill turning again for demonstration purposes," he said.
"We tried to incorporate all groups and areas of the county," she said. "We also wanted to have people who have strong feelings about the property and want to help with the situation. The people we have on board are perfect for what we want to do."
Howard said he was pleased with the group as well.
"They had a lot of good ideas and were enthusiastic about seeing something happen out there," he said. "We're glad to have folks from all over the county because we want input from everywhere. The mill pond is our county seal. It's not just for the town of
Reid said she came away from the meeting excited about the direction of the mill property.
"I think it's a wonderful first step and there are a lot of wonderful things that can come out of this," she said.
Reid said she hopes the board will help develop the property into something that not only people in
He said the annual Heritage Festival was started because of the mill.
"We wanted to do something to celebrate the heritage of
Reid said the mill property will be open to the public from
"It's very seldom open, so it's the one opportunity that folks can take to go inside," she said.
"It will increase the excitement of tourists and visitors who come through the area," he said. "It will give them a nice place to stop and relax. Tourism is such a big thing in
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Charles Jones (Former owner of the mill)
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