Anderson Mill

This is my final fifth post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.

Thanks to Terri at Perspectives On… for nominating me for this challenge. I had been planning to try some photo challenge blogging events recently, but hadn’t quite to started yet so this little nudge helps.


We were reading a article in the October 2014 issue of the Texas Co-op Power magazine from Pedernales Electric Cooperative, which is our electric utility in the Texas Hill Country: The Wheel of History: Volente’s Anderson Mill. It sounded very interesting and is very close to where we live, on Volente Road off Anderson Mill Road near the intersection with Bullick Hollow (2222), although we had not visited it since we moved her almost eight years ago now. So we decided to check it out on a nice Sunday afternoon back in October, but I never got around to post the photos on my blog so this seemed like a good opportunity to get that done.

This Anderson Mill is a replica of a gristmill that was built by Thomas Anderson in the 1850’s on Cypress Creek; it was completed in 1965 and dedicated to his granddaughter. As you can see in the photos, the water wheel sit works and it even drives a grinder which you can see inside the door of the wooden building. They actually use it to grind corn into cornmeal in bags that you can buy; we got one for ourselves that we used to make cornbread muffins from a recipe that was included, and gave another to my sister and a friend.

Apparently, the mill was used for making gunpowder during the Civil War, but it then changed over to grinding corn and other uses after the war ended. There a lots of artifacts on shelfs and the walls inside the building but they posted that no photos should be taken; also there is another associated stone building nearby where they had many displays about life from that period on both floors.  I was able to capture the water splashing off the water wheel from the back of the building as well a plain shot without water from the front side. The grounds are very pleasant, and there another building used by the Garden Club where they quilts on display for sale. It is only open one Sunday every month, but it’s an interesting place to visit.


The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. And actually everyone can join in. So feel free to if you like the idea.


I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I have received responses for my challenge invitations. Julia at Julia’s Odyssey accepted my challenge in my Day One post on Lake Texas Water Levels. My Day Two challenge to Elizabeth at Tea and Paper in my post on SXSW @ The Dogwood was also accepted. Then Kay at Sky Blue Daze responded to my invitation in my Day Three post on Becker Vineyards – Feb; she indicated her participation would be later since she’s going on vacation where there is no internet for blogging access. For the challenge in my Day Four post on World War II Pinup Nose Art, I notice that Sandi at Sappy as a Tree has not be very active lately so maybe she will participate sometime later when she has the time.


I would like to invite Joan at Retirement and Beyond to join the party. I have enjoyed her blog since Photography 101, especially her photos of Ireland, travel, and scenery. She also seems to like participating in photo challenges so it seemed she might be a good candidate to join this challenge. As mentioned before, it is totally up to you to accept this challenge.

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