WGTC students build stand
Millstone a reminder of industrial history
by W. Winston Skinner
Students at West Georgia Technical College have crafted a stand for the millstone from Troup Factory, one of the first industrial towns in this part of Georgia.
The stone has been given to the Troup County Archives, which has a collection of photographs, memorabilia and other items from Troup, Coweta and other nearby counties.
“We are delighted to add the stone from the Troup Factory grist mill to our collections at Legacy Museum. This grist mill is one of the earliest mills in West Georgia,” said Kaye Minchew, director of the museum and the Troup County Archives. West Georgia Technical College instructors Jim Biagi and Brandon Parrot – along with welding and industrial maintenance students – helped to create a millstone stand that will be placed outside the Troup County Archives building corner
“I am impressed with the skill and expertise shown by our students and faculty here at West Georgia Technical College,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “A great deal of time and dedication went into the creation of the millstone stand.”
When the Troup County Archives asked if West Georgia Technical College could help in the fabrication of a display stand for a large millstone, Biagi and Parrot came up with a plan. “Parrot and his students had the 2,000 pound millstone delivered to the welding shop for measurement,” noted Anitra Ellison of WGTC.
“The welding students then designed and fabricated a heavy duty steel stand. The stand came out weighing over 500 pounds, large enough to hold the large millstone on an outdoor display,” Ellison added.
Industrial maintenance students cleaned, prepped and painted the stand with durable weather resistant paint. LaGrange city crews moved the stone and stand to the archives building where it was placed on a concrete slab.
“A dedication ceremony for the millstone was held on May 31,” Ellison said.