Just Listed! Historic Tennessee Gristmill with a Storied Past Is Now on the Market
There is a picture-perfect property in Fall River, Tennessee, that’s exactly the type of development coveted by those who prefer countryside living over city dwelling. This old functional gristmill and former general store is well-worn, but it still has good bones, despite the estate’s 200-year-history. Just imagine yourself running a successful operation on this massive stretch of 127 acres of pasture land and mature timber, while surrounded by rushing waterfalls, winding paths, lazy creeks, and sparkling streams. Well, that’s exactly what you could have here with this country charmer that sits on unspoiled wild lands. Strikingly, it’s on the market with Pilkerton Realtors for $899,000. Scroll down to discover why this plot of vacant land, along with its two rental homes and ready-to-use equipment, should be the next place you call home or where you start your own business.
A Look Back
More than the scenic grounds, though, which are being used as an attractive selling point, the most impressive thing (in our humble opinion) about this mill is the fact that it’s awash in tradition and nostalgia.
Out of the Ashes
Home of the Wilburn Estate, which was born here in Tennessee in 1823 among churches, blacksmith shops, and other nearby industrial facilities, the property was destroyed by fire during the Civil War. However, it was rebuilt sometime thereafter.
Passing the Heirloom Property Down Through Generations
By 1885, the property was handed down to the White family, and by the 1920s G.T. Wilburn, who was related to the Whites and is the namesake of the town’s landmark, turned the mill into a thriving business. There, they ground flour and cornmeal until operation ceased in the 1950s.
A Country Store Is Revived
Although business at the mill came to a grinding halt, the general store remained in operation until Wilburn’s death in the 1970s.
A Tour of the Grounds
The untamed wilds of the Fall River community and the clear mist of the Clear Creek waterfalls are just a few of the sights that await you on the property.
A Tour of the Grounds
What’s that sound? Horses grazing on the pasture and the horizontal paddle wheels grinding grains into fine flour at the mill.
Interior Features Intact
Though it hasn’t been in operation in nearly 67 years, the gristmill has remained virtually untarnished. Here, you can see the machinery and equipment that was used in the heyday of manufacturing.
You can see that the mill’s past has been carefully preserved to protect the Wilburn legacy and its future.
Welcome to Your New Farmhouse
There's also the two not-to-be-missed farmhouses, and your name could be on the mailbox.
Not to mention, there are endless business opportunities with this property. As the sellers suggest on their website, you can operate the functional grain mill and estate as a flour manufacturer, family compound, museum, movie production set, theme park, a peaceful retreat, or a single-family development. Whatever the use, you’ll be unlocking the vast potential of a Lawrence County gem.
It Has Your Name Written All Over It
Perched atop good Tennessee roiling lands, you can help to preserve and maintain the architectural integrity and character of this sprawling estate and gristmill by contacting Jim Beuerlein with Pilkerton Realtors at (615) 351-3000.