Menicone is at about one kilometer from the crossroads of the Provincial road of San Martino in Freddana, on the road that takes you to Loppeglia. The water mill is among this group of houses, it is an old building dating back to the 17th century with all its parts still functioning, the only one left intact, in the municipality of Pescaglia.
The mill, fundamental key in the organization of a “rural villa” or as we would say today of a farm, was part of the Palazzaccio, today known as the “Torre degli Onesti”: a huge 16th century-villa, in the Introiti’s estate, old property belonging to the Counts Orsetti.
The Villa has been transformed into a residence whereas the mill, left unaltered in time, was bought over about 20 years ago by the Santini family who were already managing it from the beginning of the last century. The mill was operational until 1980 serving all the municipality of Pescaglia and the nearby councils as it was the only one left among the other 50 circa located in the area.
Inside the mill there are still the old millstones and all the wooden gearwheels dating back to the 19th century complete with all the utensils that were used in the daily activities. Outside the imposing stone arch, above which the millpond that moves the wheel invokes with its swashing grown-ups and children to remember and dream.
The mill is open to anyone who wants to visit it for a dip in the past, that past that today’s life and needs are causing it to disappear.
The President and members of the Association, vigilant keepers are at your complete disposal for visits and further information.