Veteran author and researcher Betsy Biesenbach of Roanoke will discuss her arduous research to locate Persinger Mill for the Kegley lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. Buried in the heavy clay riverbank about 600 yards from the west side of Bridge Street in Roanoke and visible only from the water, lies the outlet for the tail race of the circa 1825 Persinger Mill.
At a time when the Roanoke Valley was dotted with small creek- or pond-fed grist mills that served farmers, the Persinger Mill was a large commercial operation. It produced flour and meal to be shipped to markets in Lynchburg and Richmond, both before and after the Civil War.
Betsy has been a freelance writer, freelance real estate title examiner and amateur historian for the past 39 years. She is the author of three self-published books including “Say My Name: The Story of Amanda Jeffers, Roanoke County, 1864. She spent the past 15 years researching the Persinger Mill.
Kegley Lectures are named in honor of the late George Kegley. They are open to members for free and to non-members for $5. Refreshments are served.