Saturday, October 29, 2011

Country Drive... Milller's Mill

Since I'm new to town (and the state) there's always something to admire and discover by taking a drive around the scenic county roads.  

Little things that longtime residents take for granted we find thrilling....

such as clear streams with rocks instead of mud!
Kerrs Creek
House Mountain
 An imaginative auto shop.  That's the trunk of an old Chevy over the door.


As we were driving along I saw what looked like at first glance like a miniature ferris wheel embedded in the ground.


Too bad we couldn't climb over the fence to explore, but there were No Trespassing signs so we just admired the old mill from across the field.  

All that appears to be left of the stone base is this corner.




Curious to know more, I did a little "Googling" and found that the remains are of Miller's Mill which was built around 1816.

The two photos below are from the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey via the  Genealogy Trails History Group website
Even though the siding is falling off, the roof is still intact and the mill race is clear so it may have still been in use when these were taken. 


From another source, this shot is from 1979.... obviously no longer in use.   
Photo courtesy of the USGenWeb Archives Project   Originally contributed by Gill Pollard. 
 There was still a large heap of wood and tin behind the wheel area so it looks like it was left to slowly crumble over the years. 

Finally for those of you who are bird watchers, the variety of avian life in the area is quite striking!

Here are a few tropical species (and subspecies) that I wouldn't have expected to see wintering here in the Shenandoah Valley.

I may need to get an updated Field Guide.



6 comments:

  1. How lovely! Though I feel bad about the mill. I hate it when such things are left to fall down. You did a great job figuring out information about that structure.

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  2. Drives along back roads are something we always do on our road trips. There are so many inteesting (and old) things to discover as you have shown us in this post. Thanks for the info on the old mill.

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  3. I think those are the famed 'wild pastel flamingos', also known to found in Florida. hee hee

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  4. Just catching up from being away ... the house is really coming along. Love that old mill!

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