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The Waterwheel Finds a Home

On Friday April 11, 2008, the waterwheel made it’s final journey to it’s resting place. A place where over 100 years ago another water wheel stood. We hope this one will be here for many years to come.

My husband and I loaded the waterwheel, and it began the long track from the shop where he built the wheel to the creek.

Waterwheel in shed

It is about a 3/4 mile trip.

waterwheel on tractor

We made it across the rock bridge.

waterwheel on bridge

The new Mill Pond. Yes, we are putting the original mill pond back too!

waterwheel near water

We made it to the field beside the creek.

waterwheel by creek

Now comes the fun part of unloading the waterwheel.

unloading the waterwheel

Tying the rope around the top of the wheel and to a tree to hold the wheel in place.

rope around the wheel

Hooray! The wheel is unloaded!! This was after several hours.

It is now around 6:30 in the evening. The wheel is unloaded. I still have to finish cleaning out the chicken brooder, bring the clothes in off the line, cook supper, and feed the animals.

My thoughtsWhy after 33 years do I still get talked into these projects?

unloaded wheel

Tomorrow is another day.

After a very good night’s sleep we finish setting the wheel at it’s new home.

waterwheel finds a home

The Waterwheel is home. I sat on the bank and took this picture. I was sore from my head to my toes. Bruises everywhere. I looked at the waterwheel and it was like looking at home. Something that you know is supposed to be there.

Now, I know why after 33 years of marriage I still get talked into these projects. I felt that old familiar feeling of accomplishment. Proud of my husband. Proud of me.

We did it ourselves. By ourselves. For ourselves. And it felt good.

waterwheel at home

There is a whole lot left to this project. I hope you will join me as we get the wheel up and running this spring and summer.

Note: We did get the wheel up and running.

working waterwheel

The mill pond and rock bridge is finished. Well almost. We are still working around the pond finishing with the clearing and planting grass. I will have more on the water wheel, the rock bridge, and the old mill pond soon! There is always an adventure right around the corner!

Have a great day!

7/10/2014 7:00:51 AM

My brother tried once to help install but he was doing everything wrong and decided to let the specialists do their work. Building such a water wheel and mill pond takes a lot of time and efforts, was there someone that knew how to build it or you did this on your own?

2/13/2010 2:16:26 PM

Thank-you Cindy, The Yates Cider Mill sounds wonderful. I love the smell of apple cider too! Thank-you MountainWoman. I am so happy to be part of the Grit Blogs. I can't wait to show and tell more from our Georgia farm. Pam

mountain woman
2/12/2010 12:21:51 PM

Welcome to Grit, Pam. I'm so excited to see you here!!! And love the picture of you too. I know everyone is going to love hearing from a tried and true farm woman and her farm man. Just so happy to have you here.

mountain woman
2/12/2010 12:21:11 PM

Welcome to Grit, Pam. I'm so excited to see you here!!! And love the picture of you too. I know everyone is going to love hearing from a tried and true farm woman and her farm man. Just so happy to have you here.

cindy murphy
2/12/2010 10:57:45 AM

What a beautiful architectural work of art! It's gorgeous in it's setting, supported with the brick structure. The sound of a water wheel was one of my favorite things as a kid - it meant fresh apple cider and doughnuts. I grew up a couple of miles from Yates Cider Mill - well over 100 years old, it's still powered by water. Watching that big wheel turn outside the mill was the most fascinating thing to watch when I was little. Though I haven't been there in years, and years, I can still remember the sound of it, and the smell of the cider and doughnuts hanging in the air even before stepping through the door. Thanks for churning up the memory. Welcome to Grit, Pam, and you have a great day too. Cindy ~ A Lakeside View

2/12/2010 8:03:07 AM

Hi Vickie, Thanks! The house is a not close enough to the water wheel. We had hopes of building a log cabin and using the water wheel for power to it someday. Hi Dave, It only took my husband a few weeks to build the water wheel but he planned it for quite a while. Yes the pictures are all from our farm. We love the sound of water here also. Your backyard water feature sounds like it will be beautiful and peaceful. I know you can't wait to have it completed. Thanks for the comments. Pam

2/11/2010 11:20:20 PM

Pam, Oh that water wheel looks so pretty. I've always loved a water wheel. Is the house close enough by that you can hear it's turning water at night? That would be so neat to go to sleep hearing the pretty sound. Just to think it will be right there for your enjoyment for many years to come. Beautiful job. vickie

nebraska dave
2/11/2010 10:56:58 PM

Pam, Wow what a project. How long did it take to build the wheel? That is such a great project. It looks as though it took quite the planning to get it all in place without a problem. I just love it when a plan comes together. The rock bridge is awesome. Are all these pictures from your place? There’s just something about moving water that soothes the soul. The sound of running or falling water has such a calming effect. Being an avid fisherman, I like being around water whether it be river, lake, pond, stream, or rain. I like the sound of it, the smell of it, and the feel of it. For me there’s nothing like a good summer rain with lighting. It so electrifies and refreshes the air. The best I can muster up is a Rain Man Sprinkler in the back yard. Even that makes for a fun time watching the birds play in the water. I plan this year to start on a big time water feature in my back yard. It very well could take more than one year to complete. I hope to get it functional this year and maybe pretty next year. Thanks for sharing your wonderful waterwheel story. I am glad to see your blog here.