Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill, Edinburg

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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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  • We saw a 'brown' sign on Highway 81 when we were traveling. We decided to give it a try. We are SO glad we did. This is a hidden gem right off of the highway. We allowed 2 - 3 hours. We could...  more »
  • You would never know there is so much history displayed inside this old mill. This may have been the only mill in the Shenandoah Valley that was not burned by General Sheridan during the Civil War...  more »
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  • 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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