The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills

Miller Training

Miller Training Session at Falls Mill, Belvidere, TN

The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) is sponsoring another Miller Training session to be held at Falls Mill near Belvidere, Tennessee on Thursday and Friday, March 16 – 17, 2017. The session will include “hands-on” operations of a water-powered mill, conducted by Falls Mill owners John and Janie Lovett. Fee will be $175 per person payable to Falls Mill, and this includes two breakfast and two lunch meals. Topics are expected to include but not be limited to the following:

  • Operation of an overshot water wheel
  • Power transmission methods and issues
  • Belting up and operating an R.D. Cole 42-inch horizontal stone buhr mill, grinding corn meal
  • Cleaning, maintaining, and dressing the millstones
  • Belt lacing and belt care
  • Pouring babbitt bearings (time permitting) and lubrication issues
  • History of Milling presentation OR Water Power presentation
  • Other topics available depending upon needs of participants (if you need certain topics to complete your certification, please contact us)

The sessions are expected to begin about 8:30 a.m. and conclude about 4:30 p.m. each day (Central Time). Please check the weather forecast before coming here, as there is no heat in the mill building, and March weather can be unpredictable.

Accommodations within approximately 15 miles of the mill include:

Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast Log Cabin (two queen beds, one twin, one bathroom - $125 plus tax (per night)
Tims Ford State Park — two-bedroom cabins on the lake — (931) 962-1183
Best Western Inn - (931) 967-9444; Quality Inn — (931) 962-0130 (Both in Winchester, TN area)

Class size is limited to 10 participants. Please fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Falls Mill by March 1, 2017 to:

Falls Mill Miller Training
134 Falls Mill Road
Belvidere, TN 37306

We can also process credit cards if you prefer that method of payment. Call with that information.

Contact information:

John or Janie Lovett, Falls Mill (931) 469-7161 (mill) or (931) 469-5585 (home), eMail: fallsmill@gmail.com

Click here to download registration form