Sylvan Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast

Sylvan Falls Mill B&B:
 defining barefoot elegance in the Georgia Mountains


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Charging up for Summer !

Posted by Linda on May 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (40)

Get a Charge out of Beechwood Inn - Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Do you drive an Electric Vehicle?

Well Sylvan Falls Mill now offers a free charge with your lodging or touring. Yes, we have installed a Level 2 Commercial EV Charging Station. Get a full re-charge in about 3 hours.

Sylvan Falls Mill obtained a U.S. Department of Energy grant to help defray the unit's cost.

Oh, Chef Jenny Wilson of Fromage also installed a charging station and the City of Clayton is now installing 2 DC fast chargers.

Foxfire Magazine

Posted by Linda on July 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Recently, Emily Thurmond a student in Rabun County and on the writing staff of Foxfire magazine came out to the mill to learn about what we do here. After the sfternoon of conversation, demonstration and picture taking she went back to the Foxfire offices and created a beautiful in depth article about our property. She went into the histiry, the current uses and the future plans for this historic property. Her editors and advisors were very impressed with her work and her article was selected as the cover story. We are so proud of the work she did to bring our life and livelyhood to so many people. Thank you Emily. You can learn more about Foxfire and the article at


Summer fun

Posted by Linda on July 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Well it is hot this year... except at the mill. Thenights are in the low sixties, the days in the mid eighties, afternoon showers, lightning and thunder in the distance.

The plentiful rain means our waterfalls are flowing and the forests are lush. Come up and take a break from all that is weighing you down, enjoy the fresh produce and clean air. The local farmers have an abundance of amazing veggies and berries this time not to mention the succulent peaches. Our vineyards are featuring great wines and entertainment. Come up for the third annual Clayton Crawl later this minth and taste the best We have to offer. The first weekend of August brings the annual Bluegrass - Bar b que festival to Dillard.

Horseback riding in our County

Posted by Linda on March 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (4)

Equus Mountain Meadow Riding Stable is nestled in the beautiful and panoramic Blue Ridge Mountains at Clayton, Georgia. Just over the ridge from Sylvan Falls Mill and 4 miles from Black Rock State Park. They specialize in privately guided trail rides which offer their riders a wonderful personalized horseback riding experience. Ken, your trail guide, has many years of experience. He allows trotting and cantering to enhance your ride, but if you choose to just go for a walk, that’s fine too. The ride is 1-1/2 hours long through beautiful trails, down lovely valley roads and mountain meadows past their lake and stream. Rides are by appointment only.

Fall Musings

Posted by Linda on October 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Well another turn of the wheel has brought another change of seasons to Rabun Gap.   The mountains are draped with colorful quilts of reds, yellows, oranges and deep ever green.  The nights are nippy and great for cuddling, the days are clear and warm.  Harvest festivals abound throughout the area, pumpkin patches, maize mazes, bluegrass music and craft markets dot the road sides.  Here at the mill we are turning our thoughts to the holidays.  Family gatherings, friends sharing meals, renewed contact with those that get lost in the bustle of daily life.  The birds have started making their annual pilgrimage to the warmer climes,  the bears are busy eating everything they can reach before they take the long winter nap.  Squirrels and chipmunks are busy collecting all the nuts that drop to the leaf carpeted ground.  The local farmers are gathering the last of the crops before frost hits and they are busy planting the starts for next year's strawberries.


Posted by Linda on June 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (2)

We recently were visited by Floyd Bingham and his sister Mary White who lived in the small cottage next door during the mid 1940's. Their family rented and worked at the mill. Floyd told us many tales of growing up here and the one that was most unique was about how the boys would go fishing...

...this whole area was different back then, there was no road or pretty garden in front, this was all sunk in and you drove through the stream right here. Mr. Hopper owned the field yonder and would graze cattle or raise crops depending on the year. Well, anyway, Carl was in charge of servicing the dam at the head of the falls and he could regulate the water and all. I was about ten years old and my brother Herbert a little older, but Mr. Carl would help us to get the fishing done right quick.

We would go into the cottage and get buckets and he would go up to the dam and let the flood gates open for a short time. All the water would come gushing down the falls and fill up the first part of Mr. Hopper's field. Well, then the water would be turned off, and the field would drain out, and there would be all kinds of eels and trout and brim flopping all over the place. We would run with our buckets through the field picking fish and eel as fast as we could. Then we could clean them and cook them up for supper. That sure was a sight to see, fish flopping and boys running around catching them bare handed.

I don't suppose that you have been fishing that way yet here, but I sure remember the fun it was. In 1948 we moved away, but I came back in 1966 with my wife and family to show them where I grew up. Now I am back again with my sister and new girl... it really brings back memories to see the old place, even though it has changed so much.

Meet the author for dinner at Sylvan Falls Mill B & B

Posted by Linda on June 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM Comments comments (2)

 Meet the author for dinner at Sylvan Falls Mill B & B

Start the Father’s Day weekend off right at Sylvan Falls Mill Historical Bed & Breakfast with dinner and a book talk with local author Joseph Gatins, 7-10 p.m., Friday, June 18.

 Gatins will discuss and read from an engaging, non-fiction family biography, We Were Dancing on a Volcano: Bloodlines and Fault Lines of a Star-Crossed Atlanta Family, 1849-1989, which recaptures the adventures and misadventures of a pioneer family that figured prominently Atlanta’s origins as a little railroad junction and, later, as the capital of the New South. Signed copies of the book, offering an often-fascinating glimpse into these worlds, will be available for sale this weekend.

 The book also traces five generations of a family at war, from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.

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and how a series of colorful men – and most remarkable women – coped with and survived the conflicts. This no-holds-barred biography focuses particularly on his father’s multiple escapes from German POW camps in World War II, culminating in a final, successful escape only made possible by the unflagging help of his mother, who worked closely with the French Resistance in Paris. The author is a retired newspaperman who uncovered a treasure trove of archival information and photos that bring his family historys to life.

Guests that evening will be greeted with a hearty, gourmet dinner prepared by the inn’s co-owner and chef, Linda Johnson. Local residents who intend to attend the dinner and book talk should call 706-746-7138 or contact us at: for reservations ($30 per person, dinner and talk.) Space is limited so book early.

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