Located along the banks of Crum Creek, William Carnochan’s sugar mill was an important component of his nearby rum distillery. Like the distillery, the ruins of the sugar mill have survived for over 200 years and are evidence of some of Georgia’s first industrial efforts. It is important to note that these structures and the industries they supported were built and often staffed by enslaved people. Residents of Tolomato Island have worked hard to stabilize these ruins.
Though vegetation has grown inside the ruins, the durability of tabby as a building material is evident in this and the following images. These structures were built when President John Adams was in office.
For images of Tolomato Island residents and volunteers at work cleaning up the ruins, visit here.