Oct 12 - 13, 2002
Pictures courtesy Dennis and Heidi Cotton, Cropwell AL
Narration provided by John Brasher

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feeding mill pic. 1

Tom Trimble, right, gets a hand feeding the powered mill from a young visitor. The mill is set up under the syrup shed. Just behind Tom is the canning room.
Farmall turning mill

We used an early Farmall, which belongs to member Hubert Joiner, to grind cane in this Chattanooga mill.
power mill  

More cane being fed into the powered mill. We set the mill up to help keep up with the appetite of the continuous flow evaporator we use.
Mr. Caffee  

Our syrup maker, Mr. Caffee, from Goodwater, discussing syrupin' with Festival visitors. The furnace was constructed from old Shelby Iron Company bricks gathered from our site. The evaporator was built by a sheetmetal company in Birmingham for us.
grist mill
 Historic Shelby member Rob Hilliker, right, sifts cornmeal ground on an early Meadows "Meal Master" stone burr mill. Rob operates the mill each festival. Helping here is a member of the Boy Scout Troop from Columbiana. They spent the weekend camping and helping us with the Festival chores. Also, the mill will be operating one weekend each month beginning in November. The blacksmith shop is located in the front shed of this building.

lineshaft pulley

Detail of the pulley on the lineshaft that operates the grist mill. The lineshaft is powered by a 30 HP 4 cylinder LeRoi engine.

testing the hominy

Halley, with the cap, and Katie Cotton tasting the hominy. Apparently Katie is not the hominy afficianado.
gear reduction unit

Gear reduction unit connected with gas engine. The setup was
constructed by Historic Shelby member Rubin Wade. Rubin was retired from U.S. Steel in Birmingham. He passed away in February of 2002.
John Perkins

Member John Perkins, left, feeds the mill. John has been a member of Historic Shelby almost from our start in 1989. He takes a week's vacation from his regular job each October to help with festival preparation.
Below, two views of the sawmill
sawmill 1 sawmill 2
          Manufactured by Lane & Bodley,  Cincinnati, OH
          Patent date on mill is 1870.
          Over and under saw.
          Knight patented dogs (or dawgs as we say around here :)
          Originally powered by steam, we operate it with a 6-cyl. Cat engine.
          Friction feed carriage. Rack & pinion driven.
          Carriage is 30 feet in length.
          The sawmill was erected at Shelby Iron Works Park about six years ago
          primarily by Vernon Bishop of Pelham, Ala. and Jerry Willis of
          Columbiana, Ala. (former Shelby fellow).
          The man operating the mill above is Vernon Bishop. It was acquired
          by Vernon a number of years ago. He is a longtime sawmiller of some
          reknown around these parts.