TRENTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Tucked away in Jones County, you’ll find the Brock Mill House and Pond.
The historical structure, located in Trenton, serves as an opportunity for visitors to come and view what’s considered a hidden gem in eastern North Carolina.
Charly Jones is the chairman for the Friends of Brock Mill non-profit.
“It’s a preserved piece of Jones County history, of eastern North Carolina history.” said Jones. “It’s appropriate for the county to have ownership of the property. It’s an iconic location for Jones County.”
The original house was built in the 17th century, and it was considered a key addition for the farmers in the town.
“The farmers would arrive and bring in small or large amounts of the corn,” said Jones. “The miller would either grind specifically for the farmers or he’d purchase his corn.”
The cornmeal production had multiple uses.
“Human consumption, live stock feed,” said Jones. “There were several different products that came from these meals.”
After years of cornmeal production, the Brock family created another way to serve the area.
In 1916, the family would soon create the Brock Electric Company which added an advanced piece of technology.
“A turbine generator that generated electricity for the town of Trenton,” said Jones. “The generator powered the courthouse, ten street lights, five churches, seven businesses and 28 residents.”
Despite being built in the early 1700s with the same bricks and stones, the dam on site holds more than 122 acres of water on a day to day basis.
It’s a key reason why Charley Jones is preserving the legacy of his great-great grandfather’s dream.
It’s also a great addition to the county’s historical district.
Franky Howard is the county manager and Jones County native.
“It’s one of our focal points as far as tourism and recreation,” said Howard. “It’s on our county seal, something we brandish for several years now.”
Construction is set to begin on a new dock for kayaking and fishing later this year.