Historic House Listings

Old Mill Transformation. Mitchell Mill, Circa 1909. Over three acres in NC. $799,000

March 25, 2019

Mitchell Mill was built in 1909. It is located on 3.5 acres in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Mitchell Mill was in a long state of disrepair when the current owners purchased it in 1985. Stabilization and reconstruction began shortly after they purchased it and was ongoing for two decades. A week was spent drilling for a new well. They went down 750 feet and found a rare high yield artesian water source. The home has solar panels that provides natural energy. This home is situated on the southeast edge of the Brushy Mountains. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 2,700 square feet. $799,000

From the Zillow listing:


After a long state of disrepair, the mill building and 3.5 acre site was purchased by the current owners in September of 1985. Reconstruction as a residence by the owners began shortly thereafter and has continue on and off for more than two decades. In 1985, a water well was drilled to supply the house. After a week of drilling and 750ft later, a rare, high-yield artesian water source was hit. Research by a US Geological Survey Team in 1986 determined that pressurized water was emanating from an aquifer of some size through a crack at the bottom of the bore hole. The free flow volume was estimated to be 342 gallons per minute. Twenty-five years later, the well still holds the same pressure on the domestic water supply requiring no pump and supplying thermal energy for the heat pump. In 2006, an attached garage and bonus room were added to the east side of the original structure. Currently are 5-bedrooms and 3.5 baths. An additional dressing room on the third floor and the large bonus room over the garage are currently unfinished. In late 2018, a den was added to directly view the waterwheel and waterfall at eye level. The front of the house faces slightly west of south and with the expanse of windows and solar panels, take advantage of natural energy. A solar/wood central heating and hot water system complement the geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling for approximately 2700 sq. ft. of heated space.


The Essence of Americana Rushing waterfront setting: A 15ft high masonry dam creates a millpond from the flow of Little Hunting Creek and another branch. A 13ft overshoot Fitz waterwheel has replaced an earlier ?tub? mill and original crib dam structure now sunken behind the masonry structure. The post and beam building, roughly 26×36 ft is comprised of four floors. Built on granite bedrock and nestled in the southeast edge of the Brushy Mountains, the site is a niche setting along side of a hill overlooking a bustling creek. Recent improvements include observation den and deck at waterwheel. REQUEST SLIDE SHOW WITH HISTORICAL NOTES AND MORE PICS–VIA EMAIL
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