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Appalachian dulcimer-maker Tom Hicks showing 2 of his dulcimers at Prater's Mill Fair
Appalachian dulcimer-maker Tom Hicks from Lookout Mountain, Georgia, showing two of his dulcimers. Photo by Diane Kirkland, Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism

Prater's Mill

This celebration of northwestern Georgia's cultural traditions is held on the grounds of a historic water-powered grist mill built in 1855 on the Coahulla Creek. Twice each year, on Mother's Day and Columbus Day weekends, the mill resumes operation, grinding yellow and white corn meal. Other old-time industries are demonstrated, including blacksmithing, flint-knapping, and chair-making. Traditional southern foods such as hoecakes and poke salad are served, and a range of music styles from southern Appalachia are performed. Arts and crafts exhibits, antique engines, a Civil War encampment, and barnyard animals are on view. In its 30th year, the fair supports preservation of the mill, country store, and cotton gin.

Originally submitted by: Nathan Deal, Representative (9th District).

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