The mill stayed in working condition until 1976. Over the years the mill fell into disrepair, but in 2004 restoration begun. Rehabilitation of the mill included replacement of the deteriorated east sill and siding on the east elevation, repair of the mill machinery, replacement of the waterwheel, an accurate reconstruction of the flume, and a modern rebuilding of the dam. Following the restoration, the mill began grinding grain again in April 2008. A year after in 2009, The Francis Mill Preservation Society was awarded the
“Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit” by the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina and a grant by the Bethel Community Organization. Today is still a stop for visitors to the area, school groups, music events, and even weddings are held at the mill.