Family, Food, and Place: The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga County, North Carolina

Thursday, Mar 30, 11:00am

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

159 Chestnut St.

$5 Suggested donation


Cody Miller will explore the agricultural history of Watauga County, North Carolina, with particular emphasis on the Winebarger Mill. Located in Meat Camp, this hydropowered grist mill was operated by four generations of the Winebarger-Moretz family from the late nineteenth century until its closing in 2005. While the mill is no longer in operation, its legacy continues to live on in multiple contexts, including foodways. The Winebarger Mill was primarily known as a buckwheat mill and at one point was the largest producer of buckwheat flour in the region. Through the use of a family buckwheat pancake recipe, for example, the mill's history is preserved and even strengthened. Ultimately, the story of the Winebarger Mill is one that highlights the important intersections between family, food, and sense of place. This talk will also include a screening of Cody's short documentary about the Winebarger Mill.

The talk will be accompanied by locally-baked goods and coffee from Boone-based Hatchet Coffee Company.

About the Speaker

A graduate of Virginia Tech and Appalachian State University, Cody Miller is currently a Ph.D. candidate in environmental history at the University of Maine. He lives in Watauga County and is an instructor in the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University.