I have three grandsons and one granddaughter. With one of the grandsons, I explored one of
his favorite places, the ruins of an old mill at Roswell, GA. I took several pictures of the shattered and
broken gears of the water turbine. One
of the photos became the model for this painting, titled “Broken.” Certainly, the name reflects the state of the
machinery. But, it also speaks of the
physical state of the mill as well as its history.
In the late 1830s, a factory powered by a waterwheel was
built to spin cotton. In time, the mill
was expanded to enable it to make cloth.
During the Civil War, the mill produced a fabric known as Roswell Gray
which was part of the material used by the Confederate States of America for
its military uniforms. In 1864, the
factory was captured by the Northern forces under General Sherman. He ordered the mill destroyed and relocated the
employees of the factory, primarily women and children. As part of the relocation, some were sent
to Kentucky and other points north of the Ohio River.
Following the war, the mill was rebuilt with a water turbine
replacing the waterwheel. In time, the
factory was again updated to being powered by electricity, and it continued to
make cloth until the mid-1970s. Today,
one part of the mill continues to flourish.
“The Bricks” were part of the housing furnished to the mill workers. Now, the same structure has been renovated
into some of the most beautiful, if not the most historical, housing in the
The original painting of “Broken” is a pastel and is
copyrighted by the artist, Gerry Grimes.
With his approval and oversight, this giclee reproduction was made of
the original. No copies, prints or
reproductions of the original or of a giclee approved by the artist, without
his explicit consent.
reproductions are on archival paper. The colors of the giclee are as
close as possible to the original, however some differences may occur.
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