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Grist Mills and Mill Ruins of
DC, Maryland, Virginia,
Delaware, and Pennsylvania

arjorieLundegard of Great Falls, on behalf of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill, has made an extensive study of grist mills and their ruins. This study has extended beyond our own Colvin Run Mill to cover mills in DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Marjorie has compiled the results of this hard work in a series of over 21 booklets ranging in length from 17 to 54 pages. The booklets may be purchased at the General Store on the Colvin Run Mill Historic Site.

Several of these books have been reviewed quite favorably by the "Old Mill News" the quarterly journal of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM). Information on SPOOM may be found at www.spoom.org.

Extracts from four of the SPOOM reviews follow:

Mills & Mill Ruins of the Middleneck Counties of Virginia
"The author has scored another success with 'Mills & Mill Ruins of the Middleneck Counties of Virginia,' published by Friends of Colvin Run Mill in January 2003. Written in the same style as her previous books, Marjorie Lundegard introduces her readers to mills and their ruins and provides a brief history of Middlesex, Essex, King & Queen, and Caroline counties. She also offers information about the establishment of mills throughout the area. Of particular interest are the historical pictures of mills that have long since disappeared. Marjorie admits that – "getting to each site is a challenge since these sites are not on major highways and maps are not clearly marked."

Mills and Mill Ruins in Loudoun County, Virginia
"...by Marjorie Lundegard is one in a series of books that she has prepared on mills in a variety of counties in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The 54-page, soft covered volume offers photographic documentation of the mills which once served communities throughout Loudoun County. Other illustrations include pen-and-ink drawings of mills that have already fallen under the weight of time and neglect.

Mills and Mill Sites in Baltimore County, Maryland
"...Yet again the author, on behalf of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill, has presented another informative book about mills in the Virginia- Maryland area. The flour industry in Baltimore began around the 1750s. In fact, Baltimore led the flour market between 1815 and 1827, partly due to the expansion of wheat farming in the area.

"According to the census of 1850 Baltimore County had at least 40 flour-producing mills; yet in 1837-38 77 mills were listed in or near Baltimore. Records show that the area maintained a rich milling heritage featuring grain, textile, and paper mills. The last two operating rural mills closed in the mid-1970s.

"... Lundegard documents the histories of area mills and offers a variety of photographs. She has also incorporated much of the local history such as the story of 12 houses stolen from Willow Mill during a Confederate raid of July 1864. Another such story involved C. J. Parker at the Wright Mill. Parker provided a public test of his proficiency by offering a day of free grinding of product at his mill, with judges inspecting and weighing the samples."

Mills & Mill Ruins in Shenandoah & Warren Counties
"...I find these books particularly interesting because of the glimpses into Virginia history. Many mills took prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War. The stories are partially based upon history and partially based on local tradition. During the Civil War alone, General Sheridan's army torched over 100 mills in the Shenandoah Valley. Although mills suffered greatly, the intrepid mill owners rebuilt and continued to serve their communities for years into the future. One mill, Stickley Mill (aka Bowman's Mill), was actually torched four times and now is only ruins.

"So, if you are interested in Virginia mills, this book would be a worthwhile addition to your library, not only because of the history it contains but also because of the many photographs (both current and historic)."


The following is a list of the Marjorie Lundegard booklets available to purchase, $5 per copy, at the country store on the site of the Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls, Virginia. To download an order form, click here.

A Series of Booklets by Marjorie Lundegard

Maryland

  • Grist Mills and Covered Bridges of Frederick County (MD)
  • Mills & Mill Ruins in Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, Charles County and St. Mary's County
  • Grist Mills & Mill Sites of Washington County, Maryland
  • Mills and Mill Sites of Carroll County, Maryland
  • Mills and Mill Sites in Baltimore County, Maryland

Virginia

  • Grist Mills of Fairfax County (VA) and Washington, DC
  • Grist Mills and Mill Ruins in Clarke County and Loudoun County (VA)
  • Grist Mills and Mill Ruins in Fauquier County (VA)
  • Grist Mills of the Northern Neck of Virginia
  • Mill Sites of Fairfax County Virginia
  • Mills and Mill Sites of Amherst, Campbell & Lynchburg Counties, Virginia
  • Mill Sites and Mill Ruins of Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock Counties (VA)
  • Rappahannock Counties (VA)
  • Mills and Mill Ruins of Frederick and Prince William Counties, Virginia
  • Mills and Mill Ruins of Loudoun County, Virginia
  • Mills and Mill Ruins of the Middleneck Counties of Virginia
  • Mills and Mill Sites in Greene & Nelson Counties Virginia
  • Page and Rockingham Counties Virginia
  • Mills and Mill Sites in Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louis Counties, Virginia
  • Mills and Mill Ruins in Shenandoah & Warren Counties Virginia

Pennsylvania

  • Mills In and Around Adams County Pennsylvania

Delaware

  • Mills and Mill Sites in Kent, New Castle & Sussex Counties, Delaware

Misc.

  • Almost 100 Recipes Using Cornmeal


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