The Mill is sold: The Mill was purchased by a gentleman from my state, North Carolina, who intends to restore the mill to original condition.
I’ve added more pictures at the request of an interested party. The pictures show close up photos of the stationary mill stone (grooves about 3/8″ in depth) and rotating stone (groves about 3/16″). Neither stone appears to have any cracks. I’ve also provided some additional pictures of the square cast iron frame, shaft and mechanism of the mill.
It doesn’t look like much but it is an old Meadows 20″ Stone Grist Mill I hope to sell to someone for parts or restoration. I am selling this old stone grist mill on Ebay. These mills were apparently sold through Sears and International Harvester or directly by the Meadows Company. From the Company Video, “Meadows Mills has manufactured stone burr mills since 1902. Meadows stone burr mills, also referred to as grist mills, are designed to grind all dry, free-flowing grains and corn into flour, meal, or grits.” These little wood encased belt driven grist mills seem to have been built from the early to mid 20th Century. Tractors or small “hit and miss” engines were used to power the little mills with a belt so that farmers could produce their own stone ground corn meal, grits or cracked corn for livestock. Mills made today by Meadows Mills are powered by electric motors and made of stainless steel. Yes the Meadows Mills company still makes mills right here in the USA in North Willkesboro, NC. As a coincidence I was getting a haircut today and the barber was from North Wilkesboro and was very familiar with Meadows Mills which is still in buisiness today. He even knew the owners name. It is a small world.
The Meadows mill I have is in pieces but may have value for the right buyer who needs parts or would like to restore one of these historic pieces back into working condition. As mentioned earlier these little mills freed the family farmer from having to make a trip to a large mill like the picturesque Brock’s Mill in Trenton, NC. However, even these little farm mills went unused as large centralized industrial mills produced meals, flours and feeds that were inexpensive and readily available at the local grocery store.
As I was doing some research to learn about these mills I found some wonderful examples of restored mills. Most of these mills are collectors items and displayed at fairs or tractor shows. My favorite find is the Survival Schubert video.
Survival Schubert: old Meadows mill powered by a 15 hp hit and miss engine. This Meadows mill looks to be a match for the mill I am trying to sell.
Meadows Mills put together a nice YouTube video about their stone grist mills. In the video they even make it a point to say that they restore their mills.
The old Meadows Mill I am selling is an interesting piece of Americana. I hope that a buyer gets it and restores it…that would be cool!