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Murray's Mill

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Along the banks of Balls Creek, sits the turn-of-the century gristmill with its 28-foot waterwheel. Preserved intact are the 1913 mill itself, the 1890s Murray & Minges General Store, the 1880s Wheathouse, used as an exhibit gallery, the 1913 John Murray House, furnished to the period, and numerous outbuildings The grounds are open during daylight hours. No fishing or kayaking allowed. School groups call to schedule tour A ten-minute hop, skip, and a jump from I-40, the Murray’s Mill Historic District, in the rolling countryside of eastern Catawba County, nestles just as it was a century ago along the banks of Balls Creek. It's perfect for an afternoon picnic or a quick leg-stretcher. A placid pond slips over a mill dam, and the 28’ waterwheel of this National Register Historic Site makes its slow way 'round. Nailed to a door-frame in the general store, an old coffee can catches bottle-caps, and a porch swing awaits you out front, as does a chat with a friendly guide before beginning your tour. Spend some time walking the trails that weave across the site and around the mill pond. A portion of the trails is designated part of the Carolina thread Trail project. Note: No fishing or kayaking allowed. The Mill closes before Christmas and re-opens in March. Call 828-241-4299 to check hours and dates.

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