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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.

Fairview-Brown Colored School-Cave Spring, Georgia

Built in 1924, Fairview Brown served as the school for Black school children in Cave Springs, Georgia. After it was no longer used, the school fell into disrepair and what was left was the First Grade Classroom Building. The Georgia Trust put it on its 2011 Places in Peril List. It was listed with the National Register in 2017. Restoration was complete in 2019.