(Wes Bunch photo)
NICKELSVILLE — Major renovations at the Bush Mill in Scott County will be the center of attention Saturday when the 23rd edition of the historical building’s namesake festival gets under way.
Bush Mill Day once again will be hosted by the Nickelsville Ruritan Club and feature music from four bands, fresh apple butter and cornmeal, and an assortment of vendors. The festivities are scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.
This year’s event comes on the heels of recently completed repairs to the 117-year-old gristmill located just outside Nickelsville.
Bob Etherton, a member of the nonprofit Southwest Virginia Community Foundation that is overseeing the renovation, said the mill will once again be operational, and open for tours, in time for the festival.
“This year the Bush Mill itself will be operating,” Etherton said. “Last year we were down because of construction, so they’ll be able to see the cornmeal process, the waterwheel turning, and Bush Mill, to my knowledge, is one of the only operating mills in this part of the country.”
Because of limited parking near the mill, the Ruritan Club will run a shuttle bus from Nickelsville Elementary School to the festival site throughout the day.
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