Prater's Mill collection

Prater's Mill collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Prater's Mill collection
Dates: 2000-present
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet 2 flat boxes
Coll. Number: ms3668.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

"Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Prater's Mill's heritage runs back to the days of the Cherokee Indians. Built by Benjamin Franklin Prater in 1855, the water powered mill was originally fitted with the latest in grain cleaning, grinding and sifting machinery, all powered by the Coahulla Creek.

As the mill's popularity grew, Prater added a cotton gin, a saw mill, a wool carder (device that combs sheep wool), a syrup mill, a general store and blacksmiths shop. For almost a century, farmers lined up their mules and wagons before dawn, waiting for their turn with the millers.

During the Civil War, the mill was used as a campsite by soldiers from both sides. While occupied by the Union army, the mill was considered a valuable resource for food and was not destroyed. The Prater family operated the Mill until the 1950's. A succession of millers ran it until the 1960's. In 1971, the all-volunteer Prater's Mill Foundation took over the Mill and began its extensive restoration and preservation efforts. Today, the mill is best known for the arts and crafts festivals held twice each year. Throughout the year, the grounds are a popular site for fishing, cookouts and family reunions."

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of clothing, flour bags, photos, memoirs, and historical documentation of or relating to Prater's Mill. There is also material from Prater's Mill's involvement with the Local Legacies project done by the Library of Congress.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Prater's Mill collection, MS 3668. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

21Tunnel Hill reenactment VHS
22Stoneground whole wheat flour bag, 1980s
23Stone ground unbolted white corn meal bag, 1970s
24Stone ground grits bag
25Self-rising white corn meal bag, 1980s
26Whole grain stone ground bag, 1980s
27Peacock Alley
28"A Handmade Life: Ida Whaley Chance of Dalton" by Marie Neder Douglas
29Photograph- Prater's Mill at the turn of the 20th century. Varnell's Station near Dalton, Georgia.
210"The Old Prater Mill" by Albert Duncan
211Photograph- 1st Baptist Church
212Prater's Mill County Fair ephemera
213Prater's Mill family stories (floppy disk)
214Library of Congress Local Legacies material
215The Hawkins/Pitner Legacy, 1997
216Prater's Mill festival slides
217Marion Sims photocopy
218Liberty Hall photocopy
219History of the Busy Bee Club
220Prater's Mill County Fair prints (2)
21Pride Georgia self-rising flour bag, 1950s
22Bolted water ground meal bag, 1950s
23Prater's style self-rising unbleached flour bag, 1950s
24Bolted water ground meal bag, 1950s
OS Folder
1Prater's Mill posters and map