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CAPTURING OUR HERITAGE. Thanks for viewing my photos of yesteryear. Many years ago I enjoyed photographing our American cultural heritage...buildings and places of days gone by. When I moved back to Virginia, my interests gravitated to old grist mills with water wheels. In the days before cars and supermarkets, before modern methods of manufacture were developed, the settlers who carved a living out of the wilderness worked hard to provide the basic necessities of life. One of the most important mechanical devices used by early families to make life a little easier was the mill. At a time when steam engines and electricity were still in the future, mills harnessed the natural power of moving water. Though mills were built for many purposes, perhaps the most common were the grist mills, which ground grain for bread and feed for animals. Grain milling is one of the oldest industries in the history of mankind...The people went out and gathered it and ground it in mills (Numbers 11:8)... Once there were hundreds of mills scattered along streams and rivers throughout the country. Now most are gone, replaced by modern methods and electricity. My quest now is to document those mills that are still standing and perhaps provide a little history. Comments and suggestions are welcome. And thanks again for viewing my photos. Steve Spring, Millfoto Photography

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Steve, I found some new mills and mill remains. The best is Kamp Mill in Lancaster County, just outside of Kilmarnock. (GM miss-spells the mill pond a Camp Mill Pond) The other two are currently shrouded in foliage and need to be revisited in the winter. One is Potomac Mill in Westmoreland County and the third is Courtney Mill which I didn't get a photo of. Courtney Mill, in Northumberland County, will require a little bit of a walk into the woods. Oh and less I forget, I got some photos of a big old mill built in 1928, in Farmville, that has been converted into offices. The mill dam was on the Appomattox River but has been knocked down and the locals told me that the fishing has nose dived since the mill closed. Do you think it was possible that some of the corn meal got into the water and attracted the fish?

Thanks for your update, I shall make a note of it in our SPOOM files.

I need to visit this place soon. I hope it's still standing. I believe it belonged to my great, great, great grandfather.

Kenneth Russell Kline

Thanks, lots more to do. Moving to KC area late summer, fall. Time for Misouri/Kansas road trips.

Very Nice Picture Steven! Like how you captured the lightning strike! Greetings from Texas, Steve Lamkins Jr.

Looking again at this I see the bit of the sluss way on top. This was indeed an over shot back in it's day.

Thank you Marilyn. It's good to hear from you. Have a Merry Christmas.

Hello Steve, Alexandria is a fun place to go to shoot photos. Do you know of any online maps that break down the seven cemeteries on Wilkes Street over by the National Cemetery? Most maps misidentify the whole cemetery area as the National Cemetery and then to top it all off someone has posted the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as being over there in Panoramio/Google Maps. Oiy.

AKA Flemings Mill; 2 story frame with gable roof; turbines and machinery removed. Now an art studio.

This is the Solitude Mill south of Palmyra. 2 1/2 story brick with gable roof; most equipment removed, turbine in place.

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