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Clover Hill Mill Entrance

   Blount County, Tennnessee










 by Sandra Nipper Ratledge

~ photographed by Stephen Ratledge, October 10, 2004 ~


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~ C O N C L U S I O N ~

Clover Hill's first post office was established in 1823 by Abijah Conger who also built a small merchantile business and tavern about halfway between Morganton and Maryville, the county seat. Dr. Samuel Gault served as postmaster after the Civil War. Postmasters changed with the times, but the post office continued to operate as "Clover Hill" until 1894 when its spelling was changed to "Cloverhill." It was discontinued in 1915. Another post office had been established nearby in 1907 for a thriving new community called Binfield. It operated until 1937.

According to the National Register of Historic Sites, the gristmill (site BL-392) was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. First built by David McKamey, a War of 1812 veteran, the mill was fully operational by 1849. Not only the first miller, but McKamey also operated a distillery, general store, and tavern for selling his whiskey. On the 1850 Blount County census, McKamey is listed as head of his household, but Samuel E. Sherrell, also enumerated within that household, was listed as "miller" by occupation. Probably, Sherrell had assumed the labor-intensive tasks. Only three years later, on April 6, 1853, McKamey died and was buried in what is now known as the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Blount County.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Clover Hill Community was located in the sixth district of Blount County. By then this area had two millers, namely Alford C. McInturf, age twenty-six, and the senior Levi Ciskins, seventy-three years of age. By 1887, however, two other millers, i.e., Martin and West were the owners and operators. Unfortunately, the old mill burned in 1921 and was replaced by the building shown above. Gilbert Blankenship rebuilt the present mill, wired it for electricity, and thus abandoned its old overshot waterwheel and race, powered by the millstream from Baker Creek headwaters. Russell and Roy Perkins later bought the mill from Blankenship and operated it until 1958 before selling to Oscar Whitehead.

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  • East Tennessee Post Offices
  • National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service
  • National Register of Historic Places, Multiple Property Documentation Form, filed 16 June 1989
  • The History of Blount County, Tennessee: From War Trail to Landing Strip by Inez Burns
  • U.S. Population Censuses for Blount County, Tennessee 1850 -- 1880

    You might like to read the following story: "It Was Time to Retire When . . ." which relates to old gristmills.


    This site is dedicated to the memory of my mother Beulah Cline Nipper, a beautiful product of the Knobs.

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    Sandra Ratledge

    All you kinfolks, put some mail in that old box!