Greer Mill returning to life thanks to volunteers

Stabilization continues on the historic Greer Roller Mill, located near Greer Spring in the Mark Twain National Forest.

Volunteers from HistoriCorps, AmeriCorps, and Friends of the Eleven Point have been hard at work continuing repairs on the site. Archaeologists with the U.S. Forest Service have lent their expertise to keep the project moving forward and to ensure repairs stay true to the historic nature of the property.  IMG_1476

The Greer Mill restoration is an official Passport in Time (PIT) project through HistoriCorps. Volunteers interested in saving history come together for PIT projects to prevent historic sites, like Greer Mill, from being lost — giving the American public a chance to enjoy a preserved piece of their history.

The revival of this old grist mill also coincides with 2016 being the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Local volunteers with the Friends of the Eleven Point played a vital role in the renewal of the Greer Mill. The group’s members include President Brian Sloss, Treasurer Claire Williams, Secretary Joe Beth Anderson, Vice-President Ed Clausen, Clark Buffington, Barb Simpson, and Debbie Sallings. These volunteers paid for the new roof and other repairs through successful fundraising.

They also paid for flooring repairs, provided at a generous discount, by Roberts Hardwood Flooring in Mountain View. The company made special cuts in oak and pine to replicate the old flooring. The group has acquired the old mill’s grist stone from the original mill as well.

“We wanted to save a local piece of history that was falling down so people can enjoy it, students can learn about history and engineering, and to bring more tourism to the area,” said Sloss.

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