Nora Mill

7107 S. Main St., Helen, Georgia


Photo taken by pam phillips in September 2015



Street View 


The mill itself is a large four-story building that was built in 1876 complete with 1,500 pound French Burr Mill Stones and a 100 ft. wooden raceway that feeds water to a water turbine - not a vertical water wheel. The mill was constructed in 1876 by John Martin when he came to Georgia to mine for gold. Unlike most miners, Mr. Martin made Sautee-Nacoochee Valley his permanent homeIn 1902 Dr. Lamartine G. Hardman, governor of Georgia from 1927 -1931, bought the mill and named it "Nora Mill" in memory of his sister Nora. Nora Mill remained in the Hardman Family until 1998, when it, along with 300 surrounding acres, was purchased by a group of investors associated with Nacoochee Village, Ltd.

After a succession of millers throughout the years, in the early 1980s, Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Ron Fain worked with the Hardman family and leased Nora Mill for him and his parents to bring back to life and operate. Ron became the Miller of Nora Mill. Over the years, Ron worked with his parents until their passing, and then brought his youngest daughter Joann in under his wing to learn the art of milling and work the Nora Mill business with him.


19th Century (37,709)
Built 1867 (372)
Built during 1870s (5,004)
Georgia (3,071)
Have Street View (45,099)
Mill (787)
Open to the public (3,096)
White County, Georgia (25)

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "Name" & "Year Built" and Added "Street View"
  • September 1, 2015: Added by pam phillips


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  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com