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Southern Forest Heritage Museum Planer Mill

Planer Mill

The planer mill, built in 1910, produced finished lumber and various moldings. The finished lumber was planed to remove the rough cut that the sawmill left giving the smooth lumber we are familiar with today. They also had various milling machines that produced the decorative trim used in homes. The purpose of the planer mill was to produce finished lumber and millwork out of rough dry lumber. The mill is one of the oldest buildings on the site. The building is large and built of very heavy timbers providing strength in case of fire. By using large timbers, the building would not collapse unless the fire burned for a long time. Specialized products including delicate moldings, beaded sheathing, and tongue-and-grove flooring were milled here.

With 5,200-square-feet of space, and rustic charm, the building is also popular as a wedding venue. See the weddings page to find out more.

Adjacent to the planer mill is its power plant. The facility hosted three boilers that burned wood waste from the planter mill to generate steam that powered the giant engine. Steam from the boilers was piped to a large Corliss steam engine that powered a 120-foot shaft that extended under the planer mill. All equipment was powered by belts extending up from that shaft. The engine powered a 12-foot diameter flywheel with a 4-foot race.

Find out more about the tremendous amount of equipment and innovative processes developed for the lumber industry on the logging equipment page. And come see this lumber town for yourself!

Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill