Certain thresholds of independence are major life milestones. Think getting your drivers license, buying a house, paying a debt (Dave Ramsey cheers from afar). And then there are the more ambigious ones, like coming of age and those kind of things. A challenging task for any person, but what about a tree?
Thursday, I was in a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce luncheon, anxiously waiting to see what the mill looked like now. Becky Ruffner, who lived at the mill as a kid and young adult, shared a progress update and photos from the project.
In Fall of 2015, they shoveled-tested around the mill, looking for subsurface features that were preserved. This fall, the students began small scale excavations, opening three units and exploring two different areas of the mill - one at the head of the mill race and another underneath the current mill race.
Many places I go to visit are run by people who care. They are run by people who volunteer to put their blood, sweat and tears in, by people who dedicate their weekends and elbow grease to make something wonderful.