The milling center and one-time county seat of the Redstone Peninsula, Seven Mills is named for the seven millhouses that sit astride the Redstone River within the town limits. Nearly every farmer on the peninsula goes the Seven Mills because the millers compete with each other to offer the best price; more rural millers find it difficult to get enough custom to stay in business and are always suspected of gouging their customers.
The milling business is a major driver of commerce: carpenters, stonewrights, millwrights, blacksmiths, and innkeepers all do a brisk secondary trade as long as the mills are operating. Several dry goods stores also operate in town, catering to farmers’ long-term needs; any farmer stopping in to sell his summer harvest is likely to take advantage of the trip to buy hinges, horseshoes, clothing, and more.
The Seven Mills Harvest Festival attracts entertainers from far and wide, with some even venturing from Baerstun or Southgate to earn cheers and pennies from the farmers. During the festival, the town is surrounded by wagons and pack animals, and the Redstone runs muddy-brown with the effluvia of the crowds. The spring and summer crops are brought in and result in smaller faires, but the autumn Harvest Festival is the one to see.
Castle Redstone was where the count of the peninsula lived. It overlooked Seven Mills and its walls are part of an aqueduct that shapes the river’s flow into town so that the mills run smoothly. Today it is abandoned, rumored to be haunted, and overgrown with vines. When Galena can find a magistrate to ride the circuit in the Peninsula, he makes his temporary home in Seven Mills, but the last several have lived in town and not in the dilapidated castle.