Water Mills

Milija's Watermill

In Kosovo, specifically near Zubin Potok, once there was a large number of watermills. It is believed there were around 18 watermills in that region. Many have not withstood the ravages of time, and best known is Milija’s watermill that was recently rebuilt again. Watermill has had a major role in the life of peasants.

Out of wheat flour was grind, and people were making corn bread and wheat bread from flour. In that way the watermills were producing life. They were doing so for long time, there are various stories and myths about them. That may be because, perhaps the millers, thus defended them from those who have stolen flour or something else, only they know. Watermills slowly began to subside in the unequal struggle with the mills and boons after their very long and successful period of work.

They have paid the toll, and went into the oblivion. On the old wheels there is no more flour, now only cobwebs of oblivion. However, luckily the flour which which was made quickly and in huge quantities did not reach the quality of the flour made in watermills. It’s been a long time, and now it is clear to everyone. People ask for watermill four more and more often nowadays. Maybe the watermills will start working again, perhaps the myths and legends about them will be recreated and retold. Not because of some fashion, not because of some grief for past times but simply because of the quality of the flour and the need for healthy food.

Milija's Watermill