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Now at the Mill:  

Art at the Mill, April 23-May 8th. Click here for more information.

Mill Improvements in 2016

Thanks to our generous donors, as well as the Garden Club of Virginia, a number of repairs and improvements will be undertaken this year down at the Mill.  This work will help preserve the historic integrity of the Mill and ensure that it will continue to grind for future generations.  Here are some of the projects being worked on:

Repairing the Stone Sluice: This involves the re-parging of stones in the sluice that leads into the Mill, which prevents the wall from collapsing and allows for better water flow.  

Post Replacement: Earlier in 2016, one of the foundational posts near the water wheel needed replacing as it was beginning to show signs of rot.  A new, 16-foot oak post was added which provides better stability to the structure of the Mill.

Re-doing the Landscape in Front of the Mill: Thanks to the Garden Club of Virginia, the area in front of the Mill will be completely redone to refelct a more historical look. as well as provide better accessibility.  This involves the replacing of the existing pea gravel with fresh sod, creating a better drainage path to prevent puddles of water forming near the entrance to the Mill, and a new walkway of blue stone which will provide better access into the Mill as well as a more aesthetically pleasing look.

To see photos of this work in progress, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ClarkeHistory/photos

 

About the Mill

A National Register Historical Landmark and one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. In the early 1780s, Gen. Daniel Morgan, a true Revolutionary War hero, joined efforts with Col.Nathaniel Burwell of Carter Hall to build this water powered mill in an area that would become the quaint village of Millwood. During many years as business flourished, the mill was the center of community life where people would gather to socialize and gossip as they waited for the miller to grind the grains they had brought with them.

Take a tour and step back in time …come marvel at the unusual and immense interior water wheel..come see, feel, and listen to the power of the turning wooden gears, shafts, bins, and old millstones, while the dedicated miller explains the process of grinding wheat and corn just as it was done over 200 years ago. Freshly ground flour, corn meal , and grits are available for sale at the mill.

Visitors may also enjoy the mill's lovely park and surrounding 4 acres, where one can sit at picnic tables in the meadow while listening to  the sound of the mill race trickling through the weeping willows. We do suggest you first cross the road and pick up something from the charming gourmet food shop, Locke Store

And while you're in the area you can also experience the picturesque Clarke County and neighboring counties which feature some of Virginia's finest horse farms, the typical 18th/19th century dry stack stone fences that line the winding country roads, along with other historical sites, battlefields, and old towns...so plan some time around your visit..please see  "our neighbors" page for more info

Don't forget to check out the ART AT THE MILL, which is a ONE of a kind, TWICE a year event that takes place at our Mill every spring and fall!