The Colonel Daniel Appling Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 718 traveled to the Jones Lake Millhouse in Tattnall County. These organizations are interested in preserving the past.
The group was met by the local DAR Chapter and members of the current generation of the Jones’ family who have restored the Millhouse. Jones Lake was originally known as Battle Creek Mill, then Tootle Millpond and today as Jones Lake Millhouse. There are documents and other evidence that indicate there was a grist mill located on Battle Creek in the first half of the 19th century. The lake- branch/pond was dug by hungry Irish migrant workers from Savannah.
The laborers dug it out with shovels and wheelbarrows. Moonshine stills were located up and downstream from the Millhouse. Battle Creek got its name from the Revolutionary War Battle of the Ohoopee Ford.
The group members were given a small bag of meal from the grist mill. They observed as the gates opened so the water could turn the wheel in order to grind the corn into meal.
Today the Millhouse has been restored, as directly expressed in the last will and testament of the late Talmadge O. Jones. He left in his will that the executors of his estate would maintain the Millhouse on Jones Lake.
The Millhouse was in such bad condition that the executors had to remodel the structure. Today it is home to a working grist mill and houses many artifacts from the period. It is mainly used now for the Jones’ family gatherings.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Colonel Daniel Appling Chapter of the DAR very graciously thanked the Jones’ family for the opportunity to step into the past by touring the mill.