This BEN FRANKLIN SOCIETY Project is managed by Bob Radcliffe and is researching and field verifying the location of over 50 Grist Mills that once operated in Franklin County.
GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates and GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping are being used to create an county-wide inventory that will be shared with NC State Archives.
Nearly half of the researched sites have been field-verified and work is still underway. Initial site GPS coordinates, photography and field notes are being taken at this time.
Follow-up site visits will occur when we complete the initial screening inventory.
Use this link to view a recent Franklin Times Newspaper Article about this Research Project => Tar River Roots
Because there are stream path/road crossings at each location, eventually, the long-abandoned pathways will be accurately mapped to produce a County-wide overlay of historic transportation routes.
Once we have the pathways accurately located, additional archaeological work will ensue to hopefully locate long lost artifacts.