Historic mill in Jamestown auctioned off

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JAMESTOWN, N.C. — A Jamestown mill that once produced flour for the Confederate Army has been auctioned off.

The old Robbins Holton Mill at 107 Ragsdale Road was purchased through an online auction, Sarah Sonke with AuctionFirst in Raleigh confirmed Friday.

The buyers plan to refurbish both the mill and house, situated along the Deep River, and will live on-site, Sonke said.  It had sat empty for years.

Historian Mary Browning previously said the house next to the mill is structurally solid, but the mill is in need of extensive renovation.  She said she had hoped 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.”