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April 27, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Hocker’s Mill For Sale


 Slate River Mills, rebuilt after 1905, at the site of Hocker’s Mill 

Courtesy Historic Buckingham

A decree of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery of Buckingham County directed the sale of Hocker’s Mill, with about 26-30 acres of land attached. The auction was set for December 12, 1848. The property was to go to the highest bidder.  The reason behind the sale was not announced in the Richmond Enquirer, however, an extensive description of the property was included:

The mill is situated on Slate river, which furnishes an abundant supply of water, about 3 [?] miles from the Court-house, 13 from Hardwicksville [Wingina], on James river, and 25 from New Canton, in a fertile and fine wheat growing neighborhood.  The machinery is believed to be excellent, and the brand of this mill has always stood high in the market.  The mill has three pair of burr stones, used in grinding wheat, one pair of rubbers, and two pair of corn stones, with a good and constant corn custom. Attached to the mill is a good saw mill, and also an excellent wool carding machine.  The improvements on the land, besides the mill, consist of a good dwelling house, with necessary out houses, a cooper’s shop and school house.

Indications are that the Hocker family bought the mill at auction or the auction did not take place.  In 1860, George Hocker owned the mill.

Does a Slate River Ramblings reader know more about the school house at Slate River Mills?  If so, please comment.

Click here for more about Hocker’s Mill.


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