Towns and cities often grew up around Mills… which were the economic engines of many communities. These Mills turned the crops of an agricultural nation into products that could be bartered or sold. Stores, services, bars, and banks, popped up nearby to absorb the money that farmers made.
They were gorgeous to look upon and their workings were a wonder to behold. I imagine the front porch of this Mill was once the community’s main source of news and information as wheat was loaded onto wagons.
The Shenandoah Valley was once known as the breadbasket of this nation. It was a different time. I would have loved to have seen it.
This Mill started out it’s life grinding flour on millstones, but later was converted to a roller mill system that could better refine the floor.
For reasons unknown to me this Mill began experiencing dramatic flooding. The Mill was closed, the roller milling equipment was removed, and parts of the Mill began to decay.
Originally posted 2015-04-22 13:19:23.