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Germanton residents Mark and Addie Larimore stand on the main milling floor of Sheppard Mill. Mark Larimore, a mechanic, has delighted in learning how all the systems worked.
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Sheppard Mill was built by Calla "Kelly" Sheppard in 1904 on Snow Creek near Danbury in Stokes County. In the late 1950s, the mill fell into disrepair and was later sold to grandson Shirley Mitchell. The Winston-Salem trucking magnate poured money into restoring it.
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These restored rollers look as if they are ready to start grinding wheat into flour. The mill also has restored sifters and millstones.
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:14 pm
The heavy wooden doors at Sheppard Mill serve as a portal into the past.
Inside, a complex network of preserved machines from the early 20th century stands ready to grind, sift and package corn, rye or wheat. A rich woodsy scent permeates walls sided with bead-board paneling, and the steady rush of water spilling over the dam into Snow Creek echoes throughout the red tin-roofed building.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:14 pm.