Bowen purchased a sawmill, then added a three-story gristmill with two sets of French burr millstones
. (As Marion Cook--who purchased the mill with her husband Neal in 1978--would later describe in "Living Twenty Years in a Historic Mill," these millstones were the best of their kind.
And the original French Burr millstones
are once again grinding organically-grown corn to produce flour - just as they did in the mill's 19th-century heyday.
This is then fed slowly between two French burr millstones
driven by electricity: water power was used until last year's dry summer caused the adjoining mill pond to run low.
On the top floor are two pairs of French burr millstones
, the oak windshaft on which the sails rotate, and a huge brakewheel and tailwheel with wooden cogs.
"He owned six sets of rare old French burr millstones
, each weighing about 3,400 pounds.