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To maintain, develop and interpret the site's historic buildings, collections and resources for the enrichment, education and enjoyment of Fairfax County residents and visitors.
About Colvin Run Mill Historic Site:
Bring your family, friends or a whole group and explore the beautifully wooded and landscaped grounds around historic Colvin Run Mill and General Store. You'll find something fun for everyone.
Venture out of your car for a leisurely afternoon enjoying the simple past-times common in the early 19th century. Have a picnic, shop at the general store for stone ground cornmeal, wheat flour and grits, "penny" candy, toys, books, jewelry, snacks and drinks. Take a short stroll on the nature trail or a longer hike on the nearby Cross County or Rails to River trails.
Highlight your visit with a tour of the restored mill - a water-powered technological marvel built c.1811. On this multi-sensory tour, you'll see the massive waterwheel and gears, feel the furrowed stones that grind grain and smell the burn of mill stones set too close together. You'll hear stories about the man whose ideas revolutionized the milling industry, the family that ran Colvin Run Mill for over 50 years, and learn about George Washington's plans for a mill on Colvin Run.
Tours are offered on the hour, 11a -3p, Wednesday through Monday. Grinding demonstrations are offered the 1st and 3rd Sundays, April through October, noon-3pm. Call ahead to confirm that conditions permit grinding.
- Kathryn Blackwell
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