Alford's Mill

Alford's Mill (HM112T)

Location: Westville, FL 32464 Walton County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 59.306', W 86° 3.616'

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Near this location, Marion Alford established in 1864 a water-powered grist mill that became the focal point of a small farming community that developed in this area of north Walton County. Archaeological remains of the mill dam and foundations still exist along Limestone Creek. Mills played a very important role in the growth of rural Florida communities in the nineteenth and very early twentieth centuries. Alford's Mill provided corn meal, a staple of the local diet, and a gathering place for those who lived and worked in the nearby forests and fields. The community, known as Alford's Mill until the early 1880s when the settlement was renamed Limestone, also included a post office and stage coach stop, churches, cemeteries, homesteads and farms. In 1883 the mill was sold to the Chandlers who operated the facility until 1893 when the Alford family reacquired the grist mill. In 1897 Alford's Mill was converted to a sawmill, which operated until 1904, when the mill at last fell silent as the age of water-power came to an end.

A Florida Heritage Site
HM NumberHM112T
Marker NumberF-621
Year Placed2008
Placed ByWalton County Public Works and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 9:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 589725 N 3428698
Decimal Degrees30.98843333, -86.06026667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 59.306', W 86° 3.616'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 59' 18.36" N, 86° 3' 36.96" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1600-1738 Oak Grove Rd, Westville FL 32464, US
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