It was one of the earliest Lincoln County industries, the Mosteller paper mill at Long Shoals, which was known as the Lincoln Paper Mills, and is said to have been the first paper mill in the south.
We have not been able to determine if Peter Mosteller, Sr.(1740-1813) had built a mill at this site, however, we do believe that he would have had a grist mill near his homestead, about 2 miles southeast of Long Shoals.
It is very likely that his son, John Mosteller (1777-1836) may have been the first to build and operate a mill at Long Shoals and about 1830 converted this mill to the process of making paper of a very fine quality. Though John died in 1836, the responsibility of continuing the operation of the paper mill passed to his sons George (1810-1892) and David (1817-1894), and his widow, Elizabeth "Betsy" Arney Mosteller.
For several years in the 1840's we find that George and David were partners in the mill's operation, then in 1847 David sold his interest in the partnership to George, making him the sole owner of the Lincoln Paper Mills for the next 10 or so years. This ended with his bankruptcy in about 1858.
George then moved to Walker County, Georgia, where he built and operated a small grist mill.
If anyone knows the location of the paper mill or has any information about it, please reply.
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