(Photograph copyright 2010 by Dan Routh)
The rock dam at Kidd's Mill on Sandy Creek is a local landmark here in Grays Chapel, North Carolina, but it has a very special connection for me. My great-great grandfather McMasters once owned the mill there and then sold it to my great-great grandfather Routh, who rebuilt the dam and ground flour and feed for several years. Unfortunately, the mill itself is long gone, though I do remember going inside it to have feed ground when I was a youngster. The dam is still in pretty good shape and presents an idyllic scene on a recent snowy day.