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#GreatFallsMillRuins - #RockinghamNC ( #RichmondCounty ) Listed on The #NationalRegisterOfHistoricPlaces Several #mills have stood on this site. Twice the Mills were burned. The Old Clark Grist Mill was built here at this site around 1800. It was replaced by Richmond Manufacturing Company Mill in December 1833. The Richmond Manufacturing Mill operated until 1865 when it was burned down during the Civil War by Union soldiers, under Kilpatrick's Cavalry, a part of Gen. William T. Sherman's Army-marching from Savannah to Goldsboro. They passed through Rockingham on March 7-8, 1865. (They also burned another Mill-John Shortridge’s woolen mill on Hitchcock Creek in Richmond before departing town). In 1869, the mill was reconstructed on the old foundations of that mill by Walter Francis Leak and called the " #GreatFallsMill .” The new refurbished mill operated until the Great Depression caused its closure. After the 1930’s, the mill was simply used as a storage facility for cotton for years until the 1960’s, when it was being considered to be turned into a textile museum. Instead, the mill site burned down again in 1972. The #MillRuins are all the remain today. The dam ruins for the mills still exists in the back of the ruins at the 40-foot waterfall. *In 1996, "Hootie & the Blowfish” filmed a music video on the site for their song “Old Man & Me”.

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