Old Red Mill ~ Albertville, Alabama
My friend Estra Reynolds posted a photo of this old mill on Facebook a while back, and I loved it. Having been to Alabama recently for the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational, I asked Estra if I could use the photo for a painting. Estra is the wife of Craig Reynolds, my artist friend in Gadsden, Alabama, and she graciously allowed me to use the photo.
I haven’t found any historical information about this old mill. I did find an interesting fact about Albertville, Alabama, however, and it seems fitting in light of recent events in that part of the country. On April 24, 1908, a tornado ripped through Albertville, nearly wiping it off the map. 102 years later, on April 24, 2010, Albertville was again hit by an F3 tornado, damaging or destroying at least 200 homes and businesses. I don’t know how old this old mill is, but it has definitely stood the ravages of time so far.
I enjoy painting these old places. There have to be some stories surrounding this one.