Sunday, June 10, at 2:00 PM at the Moore County Historical Society will meet at the Masonic Hall in Lynchburg, The program will be presented by John N. Lovett, Jr., Ph.D. It will be on Pre-Civil war cotton and spinning mills in the Moore and Franklin County area. There were many mills located int the area. There were several on Mulberrry Creek.
John Lovett is a native of Crossett, Arkansas, and has lived in Tennessee since 1976. He and his wife Janie purchased Falls Mill near Belvidere in 1984 as a site for the development of their Museum of Power and Industry. They moved from Chattanooga where John had been an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He taught from 1984 until 1991 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before going into engineering consulting part-time. In 2006 John “retired” from engineering to devote his time to working at Falls Mill and on other mill restoration projects. John and Janie have been members of The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) for more than 35 years. John has served on the SPOOM Board of Directors for many years and has done extensive restoration work on Falls Mill. He has also consulted on more than 80 mill restoration or construction projects across the country. Projects have included mill design and equipment layout, waterwheel and turbine installation, machinery restoration, and millstone sharpening. He is currently focusing on restoring a rare collection of nineteenth century textile equipment for interpretive exhibit at Falls Mill. John became an instructor when he helped organize the SPOOM Miller Training program in 2008. He was involved in developing the curriculum and has conducted, with other instructors, numerous sessions to date. He and Janie have also hosted several “hands-on” Miller Training sessions at Falls Mill.