Mabry Mill Complex Repairs

Photo by Vicki Dameron

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The broken water wheel at Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 171. Elements of Mabry Mill, including the cracked water wheel and aging shake roof, require repairs.

Mabry Mill is the beloved centerpiece of a collection of fascinating historical structures at milepost 171 in Virginia. In fact, the rustic mill reflected in the adjacent pond is said to be the most photographed scene on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

The mill, including its wheel and roof, and surrounding structures are in dire need of repairs. With a donation, you can support rehabilitation projects that will preserve the complex and make the site more accessible for all visitors. 

Please help us ensure the mill is operational for demonstrations and additional educational programs for decades to come.

Help Mabry Mill


Mabry Mill background

The Mabry Mill area was purchased by the National Park Service in the late 1930s, and the mill was restored in 1945 when most of the farm buildings in the complex were relocated to the site. In the 1990sm the wheel was completely disassembled and rebuilt. In 2014, the wheel was refurbished with new buckets and outer bands, and in 2018, the mill flume was replaced and new shake roofs installed on historic buildings at the site, with support from private donors and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Since that time, a weather event has damaged the mill wheel extensively.

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