Draper Manuscripts: Daniel Boone Papers, 1760-1911, Series CC, Wisconsin Historical Society (Madison, Wisconsin)

Nathaniel Hart [Jr], a boy at Boonesborough in the 1780s, comments to John D. Shane: <All the bread we had on first coming to the fort (Boonesboro) was made in a mortar, standing in the middle of the fort, in which the grain was beaten with a pestle, moved by a long sweep, and at opposite ends, up and down. . . . The next improvement was a hand-mill. The runners made of limestone, about a foot or 18 inches across, and 4 or 5 inches thick. They were made light, so as to be turned by the hand. The lower, was fastened into a gurn; upon this, the upper one was turned by means of a little handle. The gurn took the place of the mortar, and was kept in constant motion, always going, day & night, as this was necessary, in order to the supply of the fort.> 17CC206

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