Washington's Grist Mill
Fairfax County, Virginia
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Grist Mill is located on lower Dogue Creek, on the Mount Vernon
Memorial Hghway. The original structure was probably built around
1770. The reconstruction was built starting in 1932 by the Virginia
Department of Conservation and Economic Development to commemorate
the bicentennial anniversary of George Washington's birth.
built the merchant mill to augment farm income. The mill ground
flour for commerical markets and neighboring farms. It represents
a shift in Virginia's economy from tobacco to wheat during the
late eighteenth century.
of stone from the Aquia Creek quarry, the building houses machinery
and the wooden undershot water wheel which is entirely enclosed.
Additional structures, once part of the mill complex, included
a cooper's shop, distillery, stalls for thirty cattle, and pens
© 1994 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1994 Bill Harrah