All Grist mills were important to our local historical communities, but the old Grist Mill of Guilford County, NC has always fascinated me. I can't help but imagine what it was like when this place was the center of so many lives back then. Most everyone loves to eat bread, but back in 1764 when Daniel Dillion was granted a license to build a public grist mill, people grew the grain on their land, then they had to grind it into flour before they could bake bread. Before the grist mill, they used a wooden mortar and a pestle to grind the grain by hand. It was a long tedious process. I can imagine an aching back and a sore arm by the next morning.