Boyd Mill Ruins

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Boyd Mill Ruins
Boyd Mill Ruins is located in Tennessee
Boyd Mill Ruins
Location E bank of the West Harpeth River, 1/10 mi. S of Boxley Valley Rd. and Boyd Mill Pike, Franklin, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°55′15″N 86°58′1″W / 35.92083°N 86.96694°W / 35.92083; -86.96694Coordinates: 35°55′15″N 86°58′1″W / 35.92083°N 86.96694°W / 35.92083; -86.96694
Area less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built early 19th century
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No style listed
Governing body Private
MPS Williamson County MRA[2]
NRHP Reference # 88000285 [1]
NRIS dates of significance c.1840, c.1900
Added to NRHP April 13, 1988

Boyd Mill Ruins is a property in Franklin, Tennessee that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

It[clarification needed] was built in the early 19th century, powered by the West Harpeth River. The mill was used to produce flour and corn mill for area farmers for more than 50 years. It was one of about a dozen water-powered mills in the county in the 19th century. Around 1900, the mill ceased operation, and was left to fall into ruins. The stone foundations and turbine pit are more intact than any other former mill buildings in the county, providing the best example of the importance of the milling industry within 19th century commerce.[2]

The W.A. Boyd farm was one of the larger farms/plantations in Williamson County before and after the American Civil War. After the war, many of these were reduced in size, but the Boyd farm, which included the Boyd Mill had 528 acres.[2]

The 157 acre Boyd-Wilson Farm, a century farm that is now also NRHP-listed, includes the Boyd Mill Ruins.

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