Although it doesn’t date back very far, it is a must-see when visiting Georgia. Built in 1930 to be used in another village called Shannon, the watermill was later gifted to the college. With a diameter of 12 meters, Berry College Old Mill is considered one of the largest watermills in the world and was used for many years to grind corn and wheat grown in and around Berry.
The mill was not used from the 1940s until the 1970s. Then it was resurrected and restored to working order. It was then powered by water from the Berry reservoir. Today, it is still restarted on some special occasions.
It is located in such a beautiful place in the forest that it is a structure to be admired. It is as if you are in a horror movie, there is nothing else around. You can take very nice photos here.
The Berry College campus is huge and the campus boundaries are also the habitat of deer. As such, you are likely to pass many deer throughout your trip. Luckily, the deer were roaming close to the road. They were running, playing and crossing the road. They don’t seem to care much about you, but if you get too close to them, they can get scared and run away. Students go to school in this environment every day.
How to get to the old mill at Berry College?
Berry College is a college located on Berry Mountain north of Rome in Georgia. This watermill made of wood is also on the campus. The mill can be visited free of charge during daylight hours. To get to the mill you have to pass through the Berry College campus gate and show an ID card. The campus is big so if you don’t have a GPS, ask the staff for a map, you might get lost.