Amis Mill Eatery owner Jake Jacobs is stepping away from the day-to-day operation of the restaurant to focus on preservation efforts on his historic property, as well as historic tourism marketing in the region.
There's a sign on a tree on the near side of the Amis Dam urging visitors to "Please keep off the dam", which Jacobs said is becoming more urgent advice now that the dam is leaking in areas where it's supposed to be holding back dirt instead of water.
“I would like to expedite this project as much as possible because every time we get a big heavy rain, and we get lots of wash, I worry. Particularly winter time is when I worry about it the most. Every spring I hold my breath and just hope for the best.” — Jake Jacobs
The Amis Mill Dam was the first structure build on the settlement two miles south of Rogersville by Capt. Thomas Amis in 1780, followed by Amis House in 1781, which will be opened to the public Dec. 9-10 for the annual Colonial Christmas tours.