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Monday, May 09, 2011

New era begins for historic mill in Stokes County

(By Lisa O'Donnell, Winston-Salem Journal, Published May 7, 2011) - Today marks a new era for Jessup Mill, a 100-year-old building along the banks of the Dan River that served as a gathering spot for generations of people in northeastern Stokes County.

Tucked along a curve in Collinstown Road between the communities of Francisco and Westfield, Jessup Mill was a hotspot where people would stop by to get their wheat and corn ground, drink a Red Rock Cola and shoot the bull.

After longtime miller Porter Jessup died in 2000, the mill fell into disrepair, turning into another neglected rural relic.

The old landmark is about to reclaim some of its vibrancy, thanks to the renovation efforts of Andrew Jones and Marga Eichleay, who bought the mill last year from Jessup's relatives.

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