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Historic Millstones Vintage 1820's with perhaps a direct link to Davy Crockett

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Seller: ancientdweller (59) 100%, Location: Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 231141525476 Historic MILLSTONES - Vintage 1820's Historically these vintage millstones are closely associated to the life and times of David (Davy) Crockett. There are County Court records documenting a gentleman by the name of Scott appearing in court in Lawrence County, Tennessee on October 6, 1820. He was there to get permission to construct a dam across Shoal Creek to power a turbine driven grist mill. Shoal Creek is the stream that flows through the County Seat, Lawrenceburg. Scott's mill was not up and running until nine years later in 1829. Circumstantial Historic Tie to Davy Crockett David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, politician, industrialist and was born near the little town of Limestone in northeast Tennessee in 1786. In 1817, he moved to Lawrence County and served as a justice of the peace, a colonel of the militia, and as state representative. Along the banks of Shoal Creek, in what is now his namesake park, he established a diversified industry consisting of a powdermill, a gristmill and a distillery. All three operations were washed away in a flood in September, 1821. Financial difficulties from this loss caused Crockett to move to West Tennessee where he was elected to Congress. While in Washington, he fought for his people's right to keep land they had settled on the new frontier of West Tennessee. Crockett died at the Alamo Mission in March of 1836 while aiding the Texans in their fight for independence from Mexico. On the day Scott appeared in court for permission to construct his mill, behind him was Crockett himself, he was in court regarding survey matters. Davy Crockett was a major player in the founding and development of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. His imprint is highly visible today; Davy Crockett Monument on the town square, David Crockett State Park, Crockett Street, Crockett Elementary School, Historic Crockett Theater, Crockett Hospital, Crockett Motel, and more. Possibly, even probably, the two millstones from Scott's Mill may have been salvaged from Davy Crockett's mill just a mile downstream that washed away in 1827. Scott's Mill was completed in 1829 and opened for business in that year. It would have been practical for Mr. Scott to recover the Crockett Mill parts for use in his own mill. After all, getting his permit in 1820 to build the dam and construct the mill was a nine year long process to get it all up and running. I have records to show the foregoing overlap of the two facilities. Documented history substantiates the close proximity of the two mills. Crockett and Scott must have known each other well and surely might have allowed mill parts from one to end up in the other. Since Crockett was bankrupted by the flood the Davy Crockett mill parts could have been easily recovered and installed in Scott's mill. Delivery of the stones will require some planning by Buyer and Seller. The stones are over forty inches in diameter and estimated to weigh several hundred pounds requiring Buyer to pick up the stones at my home. Buyer will need a transport vehicle capable of hauling at least one ton. The stones will be carefully loaded at Seller's end on hauler which must be provided by Buyer. NOTE: The ebay monitor keeps listing FREE SHIPPING which is contrary to what I've explained here regarding shipping arrangements and responsibility. Condition: There is significant wear on the lower stone due to weather and age itself. These stones go back over 190 years to the time they were in use in a grist mill on Shoal Creek in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee., Millstones from 1820s: Historic value, museum quality

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