ABINGDON, Va. - Four miles outside of Abingdon lies a national treasure - White’s Mill.
Originally built around 1790, the old grist mill is undergoing renovation thanks to the establishment of The White’s Mill Foundation Inc., and a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant of $43, 350. Listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, White’s Mill continues to serve the neighboring community.
During its heyday, the mill provided stone ground cornmeal, stone ground grits and stone ground flour, which was sold across the street at the old Cumbow Store. Known today as The Mercantile, the store was the community place to purchase household necessities and swap local news.
The Mercantile is open today, and you can still purchase White’s Mill products and gifts and collectibles, many of which are produced by local artisans. Featured White’s Mill products include stone ground grits, cornmeal, and buckwheat flour and popcorn meal. The stoneground cornmeal is much heavier and heartier than what you will find in the grocery store.
White’s Mill is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, but is closed during January and February. While taking a self-guided tour, it’s not uncommon to run into a group of budding photographers. The wooden plank floors, antique gears and grinders and the waterwheel are favorite images for local camera buffs.
The White’s Mill Foundation currently owns the mill, miller’s house and country store. The Foundation has been aided in the restoration project by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Washington County, Va., the town of Abingdon, local businesses and private donors.
Throughout the year, The Foundation hosts many community events plus the annual Harvest Days in October. This event features music, food and fishing along the old mill stream.
Whites Mill and the Mercantile are located at 12291 Whites Mill Rd., at the intersection of Routes 692 and 700. For more information, visit the website at http://www.whitesmill.org/ or call 276-628-2960.comments powered by Disqus