DATE: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 12:00 Noon Central Daylight Time

PICNIC AT Kymulga Grist mill and Grist Mill Tour with Adjacent Historic Norfolk Southern Mainline and OPTIONAL VISIT ON YOUR OWN TO Sylacauga Marble Quarry OVERLOOK

Meet at the Mill in Childersburg
BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC FOOD AND DRINKS. (Because of COVID-19, we will NOT be providing food.)

With continuing COVID concerns about meeting indoors, the Mid-South Chapter has planned a picnic in the Childers-burg area for May 22. The picnic will begin at noon near Childersburg on the grounds of the historic Kymulga Grist Mill. Following lunch, the miller has agreed to host a tour of the mill, the adjacent covered bridge and the grounds at the mill. On your own before the picnic or after the picnic, you may want to visit the Sylacauga Marble Quarry over-look farther down Highway 280 near Sylacauga.

Kymulga Grist Mill began operations in the 1860s about four miles east of downtown Childersburg. The history of the watermill and the railroad were closely intertwined for many years. Trains transported raw materials to this large commercial watermill and delivered products from the mill to market. One of the oldest mainlines in Alabama is still active only a short distance from the mill. Inside, this is a large mill that could process a million bushels of grain in a year. The original water-powered machinery was beautifully finished and is still in place today. A tour of the interior with an explanation of mill operations is planned as part of the picnic. In addition, the grounds include an authentic covered bridge and other historic displays.

Family and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the picnic. Plan to bring a picnic lunch and join us for an in-person visit. Input the address below into your favorite map app for directions.

Farther down Highway 280 in Sylacauga, there is an observation overlook at the marble quarry, and the overlook is open to the public until about 4:00 pm. If you have never seen that quarry, its interpretive signage or the beautiful marble boulders at the parking area, you might want to stop by there. Discovered in 1814, Syla-cauga marble is generally considered to be some of the finest in the world. It has been used for more than 160 years to produce some of the most iconic sculptures, buildings and projects in the United States and around the globe. Sylacauga marble is fine-grained and nearly pure cal-cite with deposits up to 600-feet deep.

Kymulga Grist Mill
7346 Grist Mill Rd, Childersburg, AL 35044

(From the intersection of Alabama 76 and U.S. 280 in Childersburg, go east* on 76 to Forest Hills Drive (County 180). Turn left on Forest Hills Drive then right on Grist Mill Road. The mill will be about 3-1/2 miles on the left.)
*NOTE: If traveling from the Birmingham area, heading southeast on US Highway 280, in Childersburg turn left; if traveling northwest on 280 turn right.

Imery-Gantt's Marble Quarry Observation Overlook

(From the Birmingham area, heading southeast on US Highway 280, in Sylacauga turn right (west) onto Fayetteville Road. Entrance to observation overlook is on the left immediately after street address 241 Sylacauga Fayetteville Highway)

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