A History of Sutton Mill
Sutton Mill is a restored 1890’s grist mill located about 90 miles north of Atlanta in historic Clarkesville. The present structure was built in the 1890’s on the banks of Sutton Creek. The Sutton’s came to Clarkesville in 1820 and traded with the Indians for a large tract of land which included the site where the mill presently stands. One of the many unique features of the mill was its water wheel which provided power to the mill. Though no longer in use, the water wheel is still located at the mill creating a beautiful backdrop for photos.
In 1930 the Hill family owned and operated the mill. Sutton Mill was one of the largest mills in Northeast Georgia. At that time it would run 6 days a week, 24 hours a day grinding corn, wheat and rye. There was also a cotton gin located in the attic. The entire mill was run by belts and pulleys. People would bring their crops in by wagon and picnic by the creek. They would also bring containers and carry spring water back home with them.
By the 1950’s old fashioned grist mills were outdated and weren’t able to compete financially. The buildings and 100 acres were sold in 1954 to local resident Swain Wood. Though the mill was no longer in service, the buildings stood for years being used as barns, storage or just a place for local teenagers to go and hang out. Along with the Mill House stand both the one story Miller's Cottage and The Barn House.
In 1989 the mill was purchased by the Scoville family. At that time it was still known locally as the Old Sutton Mill. When purchased, the building itself was falling into the creek. The next twelve years were spent remodeling and while underway many items were found on the property from old wagon wheel rims to an actual Civil War grape shot found in the creek. This area is rich in history of both old and new.
In the Summer of 2006, the mill was purchased by the Massey family from Savannah. As proprietors from another historical Georgia area, the Massey family had years of experience in land development and knowledge of the importance of historical sites. The Massey family purchased the mill with a vision of creating a magical place blending past and present for all to enjoy. Sutton Mill has been professionally decorated by Pamela Skinner of Skinner Framing and Decorating. With many years of experience in Interior Design, Skinner has superbly blended all of the old mill features while adding all the amenities one would need.
In the Spring of 2010, the mill was purchased by Tony Conway, Conway Holdings. As the new proprietor, Tony Conway comes with an extensive background in the hospitality industry and started his own company A Legendary Event in 1997. Tony Conway's recipe for success came from knowing how to make a celebration larger than life. “Commitment to excellence, attention to detail and personal service is paramount.”
Sutton Mill itself is located on the banks of Sutton Creek and has spacious gathering places, an oversized Mill House Kitchen, four covered porches and so much more. One of a kind attributes are found throughout Sutton Mill as well as the Miller’s Cottage, the Barn House and the grounds themselves. Hand-crafted furniture pieces found in every room compliment Sutton Mill and add to its ambiance. Many original items used in the mill while in operation are found throughout the mill and on the grounds themselves
Also located on the property is the Miller’s Cabin, and the Barn House. Both offer all the privacy you might be searching for with breathtaking views, walking trails, an outdoor fire-pit or fishing in the creek if you so desire.
Sutton Mill promises to be a place to return to for that special event, family gathering or retreat to the Georgia Mountains. Sutton Mill offers the perfect location to journey back to yesterday while enjoying all the comforts you are accustomed to today. Please allow us to be a part of your most precious moments.
Sutton Mill is not available for overnight accommodations.