01052017-JH-Boney Mill Grist mill

The town of Wallace has been awarded a $361,880 grant from the N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources’ Historic Preservation Fund to restore and preserve Boney Grist Mill.

WALLACE — The town of Wallace has received provisional approval of a $361,880 grant from the N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources’ Historic Preservation Fund to restore and preserve of the Boney Grist Mill.

Wallace Town Manager Larry Bergman made the announcement on Thursday, Jan. 14.

“We originally requested around $440,000 in grant funds so we will need to get details on what exactly is still included as eligible in the project,” Bergman said. “There was some indication that, because the actual water wheel and gears were not operational at the time of Hurricane Florence (several declared FEMA disasters including Florence are why this grant program exists at all and is funded), the entire project may not be fully funded, so the mill may not be back to its original operation.”

“There will be a contract to approve and several administration items that the project requires in order to be officially awarded the grant funds,” Bergman added.

Wallace Planning Director Rod Fritz led the grant process, along with E.B. Pankuuk of Stature Engineering, who specializes in historic structures and helped evaluate the mill. Bergman also commended Cynthia de Miranda of MDM Historical Consultants, who completed the Preliminary Determination of Eligibility (PDOE), which was required to get the Boney Mill officially designated as a historic structure.

“Getting the Grist Mill into shape, along with future Boney Mill Pond Park development and Rose House area improvements, can be an excellent draw for the community in terms of historic tourism, an educational resource, and much more,” Bergman said.

He also thanked Mayor Charley Farrior and the Wallace Town Council for supporting the project and “for having the vision to protect the natural and historical elements of Boney Mill Park for the entire community to benefit from for years to come.”

Abby Cavenaugh may be reached at acavenaugh@ncweeklies.com or 910-296-0239.