Lancaster Roller Mill - Lancaster VA
Old Mills in the United States
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Lancaster Roller Mills - Roof, Timbers & Floors

Once you understand the exterior of the roof (next photo)
you can appreciate the height and design of the upper most level of the mill.

The upper most level of the mill is extremely tall in order to accommodate
the elevation needed to drop the grain down many times through the mill.

This style is call a mansard roof. It has very steep sides with a slightly sloping center part of the roof.
The support beams have done well over the years when there have been heavy snow falls.

The columns and beams are 10" X 10" squares. Some are larger rectangular beams.

This photo depicts the interior of the roof, milling equipment set in the highest elevation
of the building and a narrow ladder to access the equipment.
This column support is found in the basement.

Again, here you have the unique configuration for the beams to support the mansard roof.

The large beams were constructed with treenails (wooden nails) and mortised throughout the structure.
Floor opening that accepted the grain.
Stairs going down to the basement.
Large beams supporting the second floor.
Looking up at the beams supporting an upper floor.
The floor bracing if for the uppermost level of the mill.

Main Page & History
Exterior
Foundation
Bull Gear & Main Shaft
Drive Shaft, Pulleys,
Cogs & Belts
Flour Rollers, Flour Sifters
         
Mill Equipment,
Tools & Elevators
Signs
Virginia Mill List



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