Wolf Run Studio - Grist Mills
Bill Harrah
Wolf Run Studio
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. . . GRIST MILLS . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Aldie Mill
Aldie, Virginia
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William Cooke built Aldie Mill in 1807-09 for distinguished statesman Charles Fenton Mercer in exchange for half-interest in the enterprise. The mill was strategically located at the origin of the Little River Turnpike, which ran to the port of Alexandria. In 1816, Mercer bought out Cooke. Under Mercer, the mill thrived, specializing in superfine flour for commercial export. Related machinery combined the works of a saw, plaster and grist mill. In retirement, President James Monroe ground grain here while living at nearby Oak Hill.

Profits from the mill gave Mercer the means to pursue his political career. In 1835, Mercer sold the Mill to Captain John Moore, whose descendants operated the mill for six generations until 1971. The family donated the Mill to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 1981.

The remaining four-part Aldie Mill complex includes the main merchant mill, a smaller country mill, store house and granary building. Today it survives as Virginia's only known mill powered by twin overshot water wheels. The mill is the focal point of the Aldie Mill Historic District, which is officialy listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. For further information call (703) 327-6118.

Produced with the cooperation of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Text © 1997 Terry White, Drawing © 1997 Bill Harrah

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