Sunday, December 16, 2012

St. John Milling Company

Founded in the 1770s, the St. John Milling Company of Watauga, TN was the longest continuously operating business in Tennessee until it closed its doors last year.  Remarkably, it stayed in the same family during its long history. It began with Jeremiah Dungan purchasing 400 acres of land and building a mill powered by a 16 foot water wheel on Brush Creek. The stone manor located across the road was also built at that time. It wasn't until the 1930s that the mill would be powered by electricity.  Click here for an article with additional information about the mill's history.

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