While water-powered grist mills were often built with sturdy stone walls, they still tended to have a low survival rate.
For one thing, the buildings nearly always had to be located along good-sized streams, making them particularly vulnerable to floods.
And then all that grain dust that would be kicked up whenever the millstones were turning: very flammable. Many restored mills in existence today are simply not the originals that had been initially constructed at the site.
Here in the Shenandoah Valley, grist mills faced an additional threat during the Civil War, being a major target of Union Army troops who were intent upon wiping out the fertile and productive Breadbasket of the Confederacy.
But the Burwell-Morgan Mill, located in the Clarke County, Va. village of Millwood, did manage to escape harm during the Civil War. In fact, it reportedly kept very busy during the war years serving both sides.
And then Union raiders tended to go easier with communities on the fringes of the local plantations, where slaves lived. Millwood apparently was one of those tiny villages.
But since Burwell-Morgan Mill had been built back in 1782, this story is really not about the Civil War.Read more...
Cooler, shorter days. A daily transformation of nature, going on right there in front of our eyes. Outdoor colors flame with beauty and soon the forest trails are covered with leaves. It’s the month that history is recreated on the battlefields lands and fall festivals dot the scenic landscape. As they have done for millennia, the seasons are changing ...and we don’t ever want to miss a minute of it. It’s October in the Valley!
Old Town Winchester. A Savory Taste of Winchester: Culinary Food and Wine Tours. Weekly event: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Dec. 30. For more information, visit oldtownwinchester.org
103 S. Main St. Water St. Window Gallery. Women-oriented heath display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Runs through October. Free admission. For more information, call 540-442-8188 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org
126 S. Wayne Ave. Members and Hallway Galleries. Artists Choice. Runs through October. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Tones of a New Day: Works of Radford Wine. Glen Burnie House Drawing Room. Runs through Dec. 31. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org
10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Student Matinee. Talkback session follows performance. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
41 Court Square. The Royal Opera House Presents film series. La Boheme, An Opera in 4 Acts. Theater members receive 20 percent off and free popcorn. The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Tickets: Adults, $14. Students, $10. Seniors, $12. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org/cst
15 N. Loudoun St. Mike Frazier and The Dying Wild Elegy Album Release Party, with X-Ray Cat, American Pinup, and Rebuilder. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com
Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company, Shenandoah Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m.
Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. Art Doesnt have to be a Certain Way, paintings by Kaye Lipscomb, Beverley St. Studio School in Staunton, Va. Runs Oct 2. through Nov. 8. Open 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Artists Talk and Reception Oct. 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit bridgewater.edu
Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. Signature Speaker Series program. Jim Lawson: Shenandoah-The Untold Stories Behind the Impossible Park. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org
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Downtown Front Royal has several attractions within walking distance of one another: a gazebo park, main street shopping, a visitor center and two Civil War museums.