Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill, Edinburg

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History Museum · Historic Site
Edinburg Mill is a grist mill in Edinburg, Virginia. The three story wood framed building stands on Stony Creek, set on a limestone basement. A working mill until 1978, the original structure was built in 1848 by the Grandstaff family. It replaced an 1813 complex developed by Grandstaff that included a sawmill, grist mill and a carding operation. The present mill was almost burned during the American Civil War, when forces under Union general Philip Sheridan set fire to the mill as part of their scorched-earth campaign. Local women convinced the soldiers to salvage the mill's flour, and the fire was extinguished, saving the mill.
The mill is three stories tall with a prominent gable formed by the deep roof structure. Shed-roofed extensions are found to either side of the gable, with a lean-to office addition at the front gable end. Although built in the 19th century, the mill uses some 18th-century techniques, such as shoulder posts.
Edinburg Mill is owned by the town of Edinburg in partnership with a preservation group. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 7, 1979. It is included in the Edinburg Historic District.
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  • I have a soft spot for small, local museums and this fit the Bill. We learned a lot about the civil war history of the Shenandoah Valley but also the farming and industry history of the area. Part...  more »
  • My husband and I spent a good two hours in this museum learning about the Edinburg Mill (the building itself) and also the Shenandoah Valley. The first floor is free to visit, and there’s a nominal.....  more »
  • It was great to see the history of the region. They had a Boy Scout section of the museum which my son found very interesting. The cost was minimal and well worth it. The people operating the facility were very nice. I highly recommend the museum and the town is very cute.
  • Wow, we almost passed this place up and I can't tell you how glad I am we didn't. You can see from the road how large the Mill is however inside it is PACKED with great exhibits. They have a small theater for the movie they show. Great place to kill a few hours in the A/C.

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