Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Day 5 ~ Virginia

Since it's been raining hard for many hours, hiking was out of the question today so we decided to brave the heavy fog conditions and go check out Mabry Hill. The traveling was slow but worth the effort when we got there.

As the picture shows, this is a waterwheel grist mill located at milepost 176.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Construction started in 1903 and was complete in 1905. The water wheel powered stone wheels to grind grains into floor. It also powered a small sawmill and lathe. The mill is still in working condition with demonstration held on a regular basis unfortunately not today. It was still interesting to go inside and see how it could be operating. Also on the grounds was a blacksmith shop (also closed today), several different connecting water flues and yes...a moonshine still.

I guess when you own a grist mill you have access to a lot of why not make some good old fashion moonshine then. I'm sure this helped the business bottom line and wouldn't hurt in the friends department either.

Near the mill area is a nice little gift shop and restaurant. This is a great place to take a break from touring the Parkway or from white knuckle driving through heavy fog.

Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

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