Cultural Objects, Photos and Documents
Dodd Creek Mill Cornmeal Sack
Dimensions: 17 inches x 10 inches
Sized to hold ten pounds of meal, this paper sack was one of many found in county pantries through the mid-1980s (the printed Floyd zip code dates it to 1963 or later). Lynwood Belcher was the final operator of Dodd Creek Mill. As decreasing numbers of farmers grew their own dent corn for cornmeal and animal feed, Dodd Creek Mill transitioned to distributing Big Spring Mill products (from Elliston in neighboring Montgomery County) and purchasing the grains used in their custom feed mixes.
Keywordscornmeal, grist mill, roller mill
Over time, the milling operations at this location were known as the Scott Roller Mill, the Floyd Milling Company, the O.A. Webb and Son Mill, Webb’s Mill, and Dodd(‘s) Creek Mill. The largest mill ever built in Floyd County, the name most associated with this mill is the Webb family’s. Oscar A. Webb and his son Luther Webb owned and operated this mill from 1926-1967.
Franklin F. Webb and Ricky L. Cox included a chapter on this mill in their book, The Water-Powered Mills of Floyd County, Virginia Illustrated Histories, 1770-2010 .