Kymulga Grist Mill & Covered Bridge


Patenting an invention can be a tricky proposition-even in the 1860s, when G.E. Morris designed and built the Kymulga grist mill. Sad to say, a man whom Morris hired to build the mill's water wheel stole his design and beat him to the patent office in Washington, D.C., by a mere two hours. But Morris got the last laugh: He returned to his foundry and changed the water wheel's design, producing one that worked even better than the original. He ended up profiting from his new design, while the man who stole Morris' original invention went broke. The mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still produces corn meal.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:A few hundred feet upstream from the grist mill is a single-span, 105-ft.-long covered bridge. Built around 1860, it carried the Old Georgia Road over Talladega Creek. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of only three 19th century covered bridges in Alabama still located at their original sites.