Logo Akers Mills
(also known as Banner Mills)
All Text & Images:
Copyright (2013)

The Akers brothers may have had a grist mill on Rottenwood Creek before the Civil War;   if not, their mill was in operation
soon after.   (Note: The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Pl. 60, shows two mills on this creek, both labeled Winship's
Mill.)   In the late 1870s, they built a second mill for flour production, located just downstream from the grist mill, which only
produced corn meal.   They renamed the complex Banner Mills.   Both mills were wood-framed buildings set on rock piers,
built into the bank overlooking the creek.   The Mills employed about 60 people and constructed housing in a small village
south of the site.   The mill closed in 1889; remains are protected within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.


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The trail passes under the I-75 Overpass over the Chattahoochee River
The view under the bridge is almost cathedral-like...





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A Blue Heron feeding in Rottenwood Creek


Akers Mill Ruins...


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Approaching the Mill ruins along the bank of the creek


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The ruins have recently (early 2013) been cleared of under-growth...


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View downstream
From the ribbons, it looks like the site was surveyed when it was cleared.



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Wall details...


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Mossy stones in wall corner


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The mill employed an uncommon stone mill race.




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Stone mill race - facing the old dam water inlet.
Inside view (above) and upper view (below).



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Mill race - facing the mill ruins.
Inside view (above) and upper view (below).



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Remains of the mill dam, across the creek.


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Another view of the stone mill race outlet...



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Upstream from the mill ruins...
Mill race on left bank, broken dam remains on right side of creek...



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Ruins from the creek;   remaining flume pier on right side.




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Rottenwood Creek, between stone columns...




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The grounds were covered with budding Trout Lily plants.


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But I only saw one Lily in bloom...




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View down on Rottenwood Creek, from cliff beyond Mill ruins.




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All Text & Images: Copyright 2013.