The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — Professors Thomas P. Rich and David Del Testa, with financial support from the Society for Industrial Archaeology and Bucknell University, have produced a 12-minute documentary film that tells the story of Grove’s Mill operation and the role played by its owner and miller, Curt Falck. Director Erin Murphy shot 10 hours of video during the summer of 2012. Through skillful editing by Murphy, the story of the mill is told. The film documents the operation of the grain processing equipment at Grove’s Mill, most of which is over 100 years old. It is unlikely that there is another such mill in North America that has been in continuous operation since 1784 as a commercially operating water-powered gristmill. (The approximately 10 hours of raw footage is also now available from the Union County Historical Society for research purposes.)
The quality of this film has been recognized by its acceptance at the following film festivals for 2013: The Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, Minn.; the Lewiston/Auburn Film Festival in Maine; the Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, Ill., and the Rochester International Film Festival in Rochester, N.Y.
The film will be shown at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the program: History and Culture of Union County’s Gristmills with Tom Rich and David Del Testa at the White Deer Baptist Church.
Grove’s Mill can be toured on Aug.16 during Rural Heritage Days. This is a reservation-only event: a hayride travels to the site, leaving the Dale/Engle/Walker House at 6 p.m. To make prepaid reservations call the UCHS office at (570) 524-8666. Seating is limited.
For additional information, contact the historical society at (570) 524-8666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.