Alfred Regan not only operated the area's grist mill, he also was a blacksmith, operated the general store, harvested timber and was even a part-time minister! That sounds amazing to us, but in those times it wasn't unusual to have so many skills, it was essential for survival. The soil in this area is quite rocky so farming was limited to growth of food for personal and farm animal use. The main crop was corn and it was ground at this tub mill that was built around 1900. It wasn't the only mill in the area, but would operate when others wouldn't due to low water thanks to its fine construction.
I did walk down the flume and visit the source of the flowing water this time.
Since we got there right at opening time we got to see the miller put the steps in his ladder and climb up to get the water going to the mill.
There was a wood stove going inside on that chilly morning, which was a nice historical touch. They still grind flour at the mill, and this time I took a picture upstairs of the equipment up there. The wheat or corn was transported upstairs by bucket to be blown clean before going back downstairs for grinding. After the wheat flour is ground it is again transported upstairs and fed to the bolting chest to separate it into different grades of fineness.