Built into the side of a low hill at the foot of Jones Mountain, the Graves Mill property in Madison County includes a three-story frame gristmill, two-story frame miller’s house, and one-story frame barn. The mill was built circa 1798, probably on the foundations of a 1745 mill, and was owned and operated by the Thomas Graves family for over 100 years. Used as a corn and flour mill, but also housing blacksmith’s and cooper’s workshops at one time, it still retains many of its mechanical features. The miller’s house, constructed circa 1850, incorporates the circa-1792 Thomas Graves School, moved from its original location on the property when the house was built. The complex is important in the economic history of Madison County, but equally in its social history. Thomas Graves operated the private school where many children were educated, and Graves Mill served as the first voting precinct in this area of the county, northwest of the town of Madison. The original voting booth is still preserved in good condition inside the mill.
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