Why the Nora Mill Granary is One of the Best Shops in Town

Shopping in Helen, GA is not a typical trip to the mall. In fact, most of the shops you’ll find in Helen are unique to our Bavarian village, meaning you’ll find products you won’t get anywhere else. One of the most popular shops in town is the Nora Mill Granary and General Store. This granary is one of the few working grist mills in Georgia and is stocked with thousands of items that you’ll hardly be able to resist! Here is everything you need to know about this one-of-a-kind shopping experience!

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History of the Nora Mill Granary

The history of our local granary stretches back to the late 1800’s. The original 4-story building was completed in 1876 with a 1,500 pound French Burr millstones. Instead of a vertical water wheel, the granary used a 100-foot wooden raceway that fed the water into the turbine. In 1902, the soon-to-be governor of Georgia, Lamartine G. Hardman, purchased the mill and named it after his sister, Nora. The Nora Mill Granary remained in the Hardman family until 1998. During this time, it was purchased by investors associated with Nacoochee Village. Today, it continues to grind fine grains with the old-fashioned quality without any added preservatives.

Recent refurbishments have enclosed the breezeway and added a new porch that overlooks the Chattahoochee River.

What You’ll Find in the Nora Mill Granary

The Nora Mill Granary offers a wide array of freshly ground products including grits, cornmeal, flour, biscuit mixes, pancake mixes, and more! Most of these items are also ground daily, so you’ll know you’re purchasing only the freshest and the tastiest.

The Granary also has many items you’ll want to add to your kitchen immediately! Here are just some of the products you’ll find:

  • Cast Iron Skillets
  • Speckle Ware Bowls
  • Wooden Mixing Bowls
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Syrups
  • Old-Fashioned Candles

Nora Mill Granary Recipes

After shopping at the Nora Mill Granary, put the ingredients you just purchased to good use and give these recipes a try!

Grandma’s Buttermilk Chess Pie

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup Nora Mill Grandma’s Biscuit Mix
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving

Pioneer’s Porridge

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1 cup Nora Mill Pioneer’s Porridge, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Let simmer 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with butter, white or brown sugar, honey, raisins or nuts just like you’d serve oatmeal!

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