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Dellinger Grist Mill on Cane Creek, located at Hawk, NC ( 4020 Cane Creek Road ), just four ( 4 ) miles east of Bakersville on State Road 1211 ( Cane Creek Road ) was established by Reuben Dellinger in 1867. It has been in the Dellinger family for over 150 years...operated by Reuben, David, and Marvel Dellinger, my great grandfather, grandfather and father respectively, from 1867-1955. It was restored by Jack Dellinger ( myself ), after 42 years of benign neglect, in 1997-2000 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in November of 1998.
It has the distinction of being the last water powered/stone ground grist mill of its kind left in the state of North Carolina. I currently grind mountain grown corn into cornmeal, grits, and polenta using the same waterwheel, granite/quartz millstones, and associated pulleys, gears, and line shafts, using the same time honored techniques and methods my ancestors used and taught to me.
1) Reuben Dellinger 1820-1895 Founder and first miller
2) David Roger Philip Dellinger 1853-1936 Second generation miller
3) Marvel Greenberry and Sude Buchanan Dellinger 1881-1955,1893-1958 Third generation millers
4) Jack David Dellinger 1931-present Fourth generation miller