The North Carolina
Trade is the oldest town in
Today Trade is still a very small town on the road between Boone North
According to the
"Thomas Jones built the original mill shortly after 1802. It was bought several years later by Pleasant May and his wife Callie Wilson May. While the Mays owned the mill tragedy struck when Callie was caught on a revolving shaft and dashed to her death on the floor of the building. W. R. Snyder and his wife Clara Lou bought the mill in 1915 and moved there in 1925. Their son Pete operated the mill for many years before his health failed."
The mill was purchased in 2004 by Dennis & Diane Foley who donated the mill equipment to the local museum. The new mill was built through the efforts of many and opened in August 2008.
The mill is operated by James Miller, a man with a long
family history in this business. He worked in a mill in
Today, the mill grinds (and sells in its store) whole wheat flours, rye flour, flax seeds and flours, corn meals, soy flour and new favorites popcorn meal and popcorn grits. Some of the equipment used in the mill was made before the Civil War.
The grains for these products are purchased from local growers. The shop in the mill also sells locally-made jams, jellies and crafts.
The Trade Grist Mill is open Thursdays through Mondays from 9 to 5. Their phone number is (423)727-3007
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This article originally appeared in Watauga Lake Magazine: http://www.wataugalakemagazine.com/tradetennessee.html