Old Mill at Berry College-Rome, Georgia

Located on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia, is one of the largest wooden overshot waterwheels at 42 feet in diameter. It was originally constructed in Hermitage, Georgia. Once a thriving mining town, Hermitage has essentially disappeared. Martha Berry, the founder of Berry College, convinced the landowner to allow the mill to be located on the Berry College campus. In 1930, the mill was disassembled and reassembled by Berry students.

If you’ve never visited Berry College, I highly recommend going in the fall. The guard at the entrance will ask where you are headed, and you can tell them to the mill. They should give you a campus map so you can see the campus at one of its prettiest times.

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