Why isn’t this water wheel spinning?
It certainly looked functional, despite the weeds growing up around it.
“Blame it on modern times” I was told. “Modern day mills are powered by oil and electricity.”
And it looked like a normal water wheel … at least at first,
But then I was told different.
“It’s fed water from the top,” our friendly neighborhood expert pointed out.
Sure enough, he pointed to the top of the wall where the roof peaked – an angled wooden sluiceway directed water to the wheel.
“The wheel was too big for the stream – or rather the stream is too small for the wheel. Either way, the ingenious solution they arrived at was to redirect the stream water into a reservoir up on the side of the hill, and then pipe it down when they needed it.”
That let them build a bigger wheel, gave them fuller control of the water, and a more reliable wheel.
“Water, you know, was the original oil” he concluded.