A Very Happy Monday morning to you all. After a beautiful week and weekend in the neighborhood it appears Mother Nature has decided to once again throw us a curve ball and add a little more rain in the equation.
With the weather being so perfect, I chose to get out one day and take a road trip to Belvidere, TN and visit with my friends Jane and John Lovett who own and operate the historic Falls Mill. 35 miles north of Huntsville, the grist mill was originally built in 1873 and over the years used as a cotton and woolen factory, then converted to a cotton gin and in the latter years operated as a wood working and grist mill. The mill currently operates as a working museum and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
John and Jane have owned the mill since 1984. Through their efforts the mill has been renovated and currently used as an educational museum known as the Museum of Power and Industry at Falls Mill. Numerous items at the mill museum include antique mill machinery, historic era photos, hand and power looms and spinning wheels. The signature item at the water-powered mill is the 32-foot waterwheel that is operational and still powers the machinery throughout the building. The view downstream looking back at the mill is breathtaking with the waterfall to the left and the water flume that powers the wheel to the right. It is definitely well worth the day trip.
Of note last week was the third and last “super moon” of 2019. Super moons are given the designation because of their close proximity to the earth in its elliptical orbit and it’s larger than usual appearance. The moon appears slightly orange and larger as it rises in the east. It was a beautiful sight as it was in full bloom on March 30. Sometimes you just have stop and look skyward to appreciate the beauty. ENJOY!