Founded in 1767, the Old Mill of Guilford has been grinding grain since before Greensboro founded. The old mill has thrived for nearly 250 years by serving good products and by having dedicated owners, employees and volunteers. Looking closely, you will notice that the above features the corn meal shelf, not the grits that are on the other side of the shelf. Since 2007, the mill has been owned by Alice and Darrell Klug. It was previously owned by the Parnells who died in 2007, the same year that the bright red water wheel was repaired. The mill is in good hands now and the Klugs are gearing up for the holiday season. They were quite busy when we visited this past Monday.*
If you are driving up Highway 68 from Greensboro, you will first notice the historic Ai Church that has been restored. At the bottom of the hill, also on the east side of the highway, you will see the Old Mill of Guilford. The giant water pipe and red wheel mark the way to the entrance. If you are inclined to "buy local" for the holidays, the Old Mill will provide you with many options- including a 1,000 piece puzzle, made from a William Magnum painting.
* read more of the mill's history, here.