FOUNTAIN RUN —
Walking into Ann’s Old Mill Restaurant in Fountain Run, the owners’ love for history is apparent. Not only is the restaurant built with materials from an 1870 mill that once stood in its place, but the walls are adorned with historic photos and memorabilia of local businesses and people.
Ann and Scott Fife have always loved history, and they especially love sharing stories with others and connecting local residents to their history. They bought the old Fountain Run mill about 10 years ago. Ann knew she wanted to one day open a restaurant at the mill’s location and she knew she wanted that restaurant to keep the mill’s history alive, but she wasn’t quite sure how her plan would unfold.
“It was just one of those things,” Ann said. “We knew there was a lot of history here, and I knew eventually I wanted to put a restaurant in here.”
About five years after purchasing the mill, the building started to lean and it became clear to Ann and Scott that they would have to take it down. They collapsed it and took it apart themselves, and preserved as many of the materials as possible. They then built their restaurant with those recycled materials, and were able to open the restaurant in September of 2008. When Ann gives a tour, she uses the historic photos on the wall to point out what boards inside the restaurant came from which part of the mill.
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