During our visit to Georgia last week I posted an article suggesting two places to visit. They are the town of Senoia, and nearby Starr’s Mill. The pictures in that post came straight out of the camera. I wanted to get something up quickly while I was still on the trip. Now that we are home and I’ve had some time to do a little processing and upload the images another post is in order.
The mill is the centerpiece of a beautiful park just off the highway. Not necessarily a destination spot, we did make a point of going there for a few images while we were out driving around the Georgia countryside. It was quiet. A man was fishing in the stream when we arrived. He sternly warned me about snakes before packing up to leave. I felt a little like I had disturbed his fishing spot. A few minutes later, a family from New York stopped to take some family photos in front of the mill. I gladly helped them out. You meet some of the nicest people when traveling.
I’m not sure how much wildlife there is around Starr’s Mill. As I was warned, there are apparently snakes. This is Georgia after all. What I did see was a family of Canada Geese and a few Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies.
About Starr’s Mill
The site, on Whitewater Creek, was owned by Hannaniah Gilcoat who built the first mill before his death in 1825. It was less than a mile from Creek Indian territory. Between 1827 and 1866 the mill had several owners and several names until Hillard M. Starr bought the mill in 1866.
The current building was constructed in 1907 by William T. Glower. It is the third mill built on the foundation after the previous mill was destroyed in a fire. The site also included a cotton gin and a dynamo which produced electricity for nearby Senoia. The turbine mill ran up until 1959, and although not operating today, it is now restored and owned by the Fayette County Water System.
The mill was painted in 2002 to look good for Hollywood. It was used for the glass-blowing shop scenes in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama”. It has been painted again since then.
Hope you enjoyed this little trip to central Georgia. If you find yourself back there take some time to visit Starr’s Mill and nearby Senoia, which will be the subject of an upcoming post.