Historic mill up for auction in Jamestown

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JAMESTOWN, N.C. -- A mill that once produced flour for the Confederate Army is on the auction block.

An online auction is already under way for the old Robbins Holton Mill in Jamestown. Situated along the Deep River, it has sat empty for years.

Historian Mary Browning said the house next to the mill is structurally solid, but the mill is in need of extensive renovation.

Anyone can buy the property, but Browning said she hopes someone will see the mill's history and keep it alive.

"It represents a local industry in that period before the Civil War," Browning said. "Jamestown was growing, because we had a depot nearby. It was a good time for Jamestown....We're hoping someone will purchase it and use it, not take anything away."

The mill and its adjoining house will be open to visitors on Sunday and on March 17 in the early afternoon.

All bids on the property are due by March 28.