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Sell's Mill - Jackson County Parks, Hoschton, Georgia

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Named for Revolutionary War patriot and statesman, General James Jackson, Jackson County was formed in 1796 and covered 1800 square miles in northeast Georgia. Later divided up to create eight more counties, Jackson County would shrink to one-sixth of its original size.
   Shortly after Jackson County was officially placed on the map, Jonathan Sell purchased 500 acres around Indian Creek in 1815. Marrying Rebecca Jones, the Sell couple had six sons. The youngest of six, Leonidus Franklin was born in 1862. It was the youngest that returned to Jackson County to reestablish the family farm in 1885. Frank purchased an additional 700 acres and planted cotton, corn, wheat, and oats. Frank Sell dammed up Indian Creek, built a three story mill and a new house. Becoming a town gathering place, Sell's Mill not only ground grain but produced electricity for a growing farming community. Frank Sell married Angie Maynard in 1900. Although the couple had no children of their own, they raised five children in their home that still stands today.
   The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department purchased the mill and surrounding property in 2000. The main feature of this Jackson County park, the mill was able to grind grain after renovations were completed in 2007. The Sell's Mill Park pavilion and mill building are available for rent for special events.

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