THE HERC SAWMILL AND MILL

During the first half of the 20th century, there were eight sawmills and seven mills just between Turiška Vas and Šmarto pri Slovenj Gradcu alone. The Herc sawmill and the mill with wooden flumes and a dam was built around 1914. The owners stopped grinding grain and corn at the mill in 1983, and the sawmill closed in 1991.

Today, the whole complex is restored and falls under the protection of cultural heritage areas. Inside the mill, you can see a well-preserved old mill mechanism ("verk"), a carved ornament on the flour container ("pajtlkašta"), and some milling tools. A museum display is set up in the residential area ("žagna uta") of the mill, depicting the living environment of a sawmill-worker's family during World War II.

Reproduced from: Koroška Regional Museum (www.kpm.si)

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