Day 2 @ Watkins Mill, discovering the Mill.
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We woke up early this morning and decided to go to the mill and browse around a bit. Here's some brief history of the mill:
Waltus Watkins & his wife Mary Ann Watkins built a whole plantation after marrying in the mid 1830's. After returning to Waltus' home town of Liberty, MO the happy couple soon started having children and decided to sell the mill and relocate 16 miles north of Liberty to what he named Bethany. His family moved to a 80-acre farm and quickly decided to start a cotton farm, but the winters were too cold for cotton. So Waltus turned to woolens. By 1850, Bethany had grown to 3,400 acres. With the success of its livestock, crops and orchards, Waltus constructed a brick kiln, a gristmill, a saw mill, a new family home and a new woolen mill.
In 1884 Waltus died and the land was divided among his 2 sons, who continued with its daily operations until 1931. The property exchanged hands until 1964, when it became a state historic site and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The most amazing thing about the Mill is that it has ALL of its original machines.
We headed back to camp to get the stuff we needed to go swimming. After swimming we went back to camp and that's when the day went bad. First I had a flat tire, no one around us would help.