The Easton Grist Mill is one of the oldest mills to operate within Cotton Hollow, dating back to pre-Revolutionary America. Most towns and villages had a grist mill to grind the grains grown in the many farms in town.
Since it was built before the Industrial Revolution, the way it was powered is unknown. Stone dams were not used at that time, so it’s possible the mill was hand-powered, a dam was built using logs, or the water wheel was placed directly into the moving stream.
Not much remains of the mill. Only a small wall of stone from the foundation is visible facing the water, as the rest of it has been filled in from years of decomposition. Above the remains, an iron “II” is nailed to the tree. It can be hard to spot, as a long has fallen onto the wall.