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Restoring the Readyville Mill

The Readyville Mill sits on the Rutherford/Cannon County line near the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where I spent my childhood years.  At that time it was one of two mills remaining in the vicinity and was still in operation as a working mill for area farmers.  Some time in the early 1970s I played some bluegrass at the mill as part of a heritage days festival.  It was always a community center in this still-rural area of Middle Tennessee.

However, in the 1980s the mill was abandoned, a four lane highway opened up Cannon County to rapid development, and the mill seemed destined to either fall into the river from neglect or to be torn down for someone’s vision of a better community.  Luckily Tom Brady (not the Patriots quarterback) stepped into the breech.

A local website describes the mill’s background:

The Readyville Mill is the sole vestige of what was once a flourishing industry on the Stones River in Middle Tennessee.  Dating from the 1870s, the current Readyville Mill is a three-story building with an open fourth-story attic.  In the early 1900s, the mill supplied the area with electricity, making Readyville one of the first rural villages in Tennessee to possess electric lights.  Other products included ice, corn meal, refined flour, whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, and lumber.  The mill was in continuous operation until the early 1980s. 

When I was in Tennessee a year or so ago, my brother Joe (the ornamental blacksmith and a great craftsman) took the children and me out to meet Tom and see the progress he was making in restoring the mill.   It was a great treat to see this place coming back to life.  And just today, Joe sent me links to two You Tube videos that show Tom’s progress.  I’ve posted both below and I think you’ll enjoy them.

More to come…


This entry was posted in: Heritage Travel, Historic Preservation


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Tomm Brady says

    Joe sent me your blog link.
    This is great my first appearance on a blog!
    Thanks so much for your interest in the mill.
    Come visit whenever you can.
    I’ll be working on it in the meantime.

  2. Pingback: Two Modest Milestones « More to Come…

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