Burwell-Morgan Mill Begins Grinding Season

Just as the spring showing of Art at the Mill closes, the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Virginia, returns to what it was built for over 225 years ago — grinding corn and wheat. This year’s first official Grinding Day of the spring season is Saturday, May 14, with grinding every Saturday thereafter until mid-September.

Clarke County's historic Burwell Morgan Mill is located in Millwood, Virginia - Photo courtesy Clarke County Historical Association

Volunteer millers will be operating the mill’s grand machinery — grinding stones, gears, shakers, and hoppers, all propelled by the massive interior water wheel — to produce an array of natural stoneground products, including whole wheat, a variety of cornmeal, and a 9-grain mix.

These all-natural products make delicious breads, pancakes, and muffins and can be purchased at the mill.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill, owned and operated by the Clarke County Historical Association since 1964, was once the bustling center of production and commerce in the small village of Millwood and operated continuously for almost 165 years. During the 1950s and 60s, milling operations ceased and the four-story stone and wood structure fell into disrepair. After two major restorations conducted by the Clarke County Historical Association, the Burwell-Morgan Mill is once again a bustling center. The mill provides an educational and experiential walk through history as well as being the venue for the semi-annual Art at the Mill show, and a community gathering place.

Young and old alike will find something to delight the mind or soul by visiting this 18th-century marvel of engineering and history.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is open during grinding season – May through November with a pause for the fall art show in October – every Friday and Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm and every Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with grinding typically occurring around 11:00 am on Saturdays.

A donation of $4 per adult is greatly appreciated. Students are free.

To arrange group tours or learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact Mill Manager, Don Wallace, at lauredon@hughes.net or call the CCHA office at 540.955.2600.

For more information on the Burwell-Morgan Mill and Clarke County history, visit the CCHA website at www.clarkehistory.org.