Kenan’s Mill near Selma, AL (built early 1860s & continuously operated over 100 years)

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Kenan’s Mill is a living-history museum. The main feature is Kenan’s grist mill which was built in the early 1860s and continuously owned and operated by the Kenan family for over 100 years. Also located at the mill site is a mill house and early 20th century beehive brick kiln. In 1997, the property was donated by Elizabeth Kenan Buchanan to the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society. The grist mill was fully restored and additions were made to the property which include meeting rooms and kitchen in the mill house, a swinging bridge across Valley Creek, bandstand/pavilion, and a red barn with restrooms. In 2002, Kenan’s Mill was re-opened. It is now used during the year for special events including Selma’s Pilgrimage on the 3rd weekend in March and the Kenan’s Mill Festival on the 1st Saturday in November. The park is also available to rent for special occasions – reunions, weddings, meetings, parties and more.

Kenan’s Mill is located just north of Selma in the town of Valley Grande. The mill road entrance is on the east side of Summerfield Road (CR 37) approximately 1.5 mile north of Highway 80 at Selma. A large Kenan’s Mill sign marks the entrance to the mill. (GPS coordinates of the mill entrance are 32.452295, -87.034290.)

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Source: “Experience the Good Ol” Days at Kenan’s Mill” Brochure, published by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society.

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