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Southern Forest Heritage Museum Historic Sawmill

Sawmill

The sawmill is one of the oldest complete sawmills in the nation. The building was constructed in 1910, remodeled in 1917 and 1936, and renovated in the mid-1950s. In it is all the standard operating equipment needed to convert logs into lumber. It is here where workers were trained to operate the latest in mill industrial equipment. Lumber came out to the green chain where is was sorted by grade and size and then moved to the dry kiln or stored in the open. From there, it was moved to the planer mill for conversion into marketable lumber.

It was lumbering that brought workers into sawmill towns such as Long Leaf. Their families were provided education in schools, medical care, access to churches for worship, and a commissary where food stuff and supplies were available.

Lumbering in thousands of towns like Long Leaf was responsible for the economic recovery of the South following the Civil War. Workers, both black and white, come into sawmill towns where they received training that moved them into the industrial age. Life in these towns helped shape the society and culture of the South. 

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
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Sawmill