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Atkinson's Mill, located on the Little River near Clayton in Johnston County, was built in 1757 and is one of the state's oldest grist mills still operating. It was rebuilt in 1950 after fire destroyed the original. The mill is operated by Jim Wheeler and his family, who purchased it in 1971. Their business grew slowly but steadily, and the mill now operates twenty-four hours a day, six days a week, utilizing a staff of thirty-two. The water-powered mill grinds over 100,000 bushels of corn a year, in addition to other items like hush puppy mix.