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NEWSLETTER #4


“Music At The Mill”

Join the Francis Mill Preservation Society at the mill on May 20, 2006 for a wonderful afternoon of western North Carolina bluegrass music.
Headlining the show will be Grammy Award winning artist Marc Pruett and The Whitewater Bluegrass Company Band. Other artists planning to participate include local favorites The Hill Country Band, Balsam Gap and Celesa Willett.
We will also offer barbeque plates and a silent auction to benefit the mill. We do need members of the FMPS to help with this project so if you would be interested in volunteering with tasks such as parking, selling tickets, leading tours of the mill, or other jobs please let us know!
For the latest information please check out our website at www.francismill.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

2006 Summer Workshop

Dates for this summer’s mill workshop have been set for the weeks of June 18-24 and June 25 –July 1. This year’s workshop promises to be an exciting time for participants and supporters. We will again have the leadership of Mr. Jeff Finch of the National Park Service. Two major undertaking are in the works: reconstruction of the mill race and completion of the restoration of the main structure of the mill. For those who pass by the mill on a regular basis, you’re aware that there is no mill race. An ice storm in the 1980’s brought down the structure. Hopefully, after this year’s workshop you’ll be able to see a reconstruction similar to the original race as seen in this photo.

Volunteers Needed!

As well as the folks who will be doing restoration and reconstructing we will need volunteers to provide food for the workers! The meals you have provided for the two previous workshops have been a big hit! Help us feed this summer’s volunteer crew, too!

Membership Information

The following membership report includes only those who have made contributions in 2005. If you feel your name has been accidentally omitted please help us correct that mistake. If you have given previously and do not find your name on this list, we hope that you will consider rejoining the Society. Your membership plays a major part in our efforts to restore this piece of our past.


Levels of Membership:

Students $10,
Individual-$25,
Family-$50
Friend of the Francis Mill-$100,
Corporate-$250, Historian-$1000


Membership Report From 2005:

Ms. Linda K. Alexander
Ms. Glenda M. Arrowood
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Boone
Mr. & Mrs. Sandy Boone
Mrs. Carolyn Breece
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Burwell
Ms. Hettie A. Casey
Ms. Barbara Crawford
Mr. Hayes Crawford
Ms. Patsy Crawford
Ms. Shirley Embody
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Floerchinger
Ms. Lois Fitch
Ms. Patty Gillis
Mr. & Mrs. Alan Goode
Ms. Mary Guthrie
Ms. Patsy Hamilton
Mr. Charlie Jacobs
Mr. & Mrs. Reid Locklair
Mr. & Mrs. Mike McDonald
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Miles
Mr. Lou Mogavero
Mountain Dreams Realty
Mrs. Sandra Cooper Owen
Mr. Joe Sam Queen
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Redding
Mr. & Mrs. Roy Reed
Ms. Fran Rogers
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sloan
Mr. & Mrs. Don Snyder
Ms. V.N. Szenas
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Timbes
Ms. Nancy E. Wade
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Walton
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Williams

In Honor Of:

Mr. Jerry Donahoe
By: Elise Donahoe Muto
Boone Richard Redding
By: Danny & Betsy Boyd
Mr. Charlie Goodson
By: Tanna Timbes

In Memory Of:

Dr. William K. McNeil
By: Mrs. Evelyn Coltman
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Moore
By: Tanna Timbes
Mr. & Mrs. Roy Green
By: Tanna Timbes
Mrs. Hazel Goodson
By: Tanna Timbes


Please send your updated information and membership to Francis Mill Preservation Society, 14 Hugh Massie Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786.


Thank you for your interest and support in helping restore and preserve the Francis Grist Mill for future generations.