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)
Mabry Mill
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
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Ed Mabry built this rustic grist mill in 1910 near Meadows of Dan on unusually flat land that lacked a stream strong enough to generate power for milling. So he and his wife Lizzie began buying land in order to gain the water rights. By 1914, they had purchased five small parcels and built an extensive flume system. A small dam stored the runoff from rains and spring thaws.

The Mabrys operated two sets of stones, one for grinding cornmeal and the other for a grain mixture fed to livestock. Although the mill was smaller than most, Mabry was able to gain many loyal customers. Many of them also were drawn by the blacksmith shop, sawmill and carpentry shop he operated. Throughout his life, Ed Mabry was known as a talented handyman. "Carry it on to Ed" was common advice when repairs of any kind were required.

After he died in 1936, his wife operated the mill for a while on her own. When designing the Parkway in the 1930s and '40s, landscape architects quickly chose Mabry Mill as one of the special scenic places to be preserved. Although the mill remains operational, it grinds meal only occasionally. Just as it did when the Mabrys ran it, the mill remains a focal point of the community and a gathering place for neighbors.

Text © 2000 Terry White, Drawing © 2000 Bill Harrah

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