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.