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011-0057 Nininger's Mill (Tinker Mill)

Nininger's Mill (Tinker Mill)
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VLR Listing Date 05/20/1980

NRHP Listing Date 07/30/1980

NPS property number 80004171

When Peter Nininger built this brick mill on Tinker Creek in 1847, he was continuing a milling tradition in Botetourt County that began with the county’s first settlers. Beside the Pittsylvania-Franklin-Botetourt Turnpike, which connected the farmlands of western Virginia with bustling Southside markets, the mill operated for decades as a quasi-public utility, offering one of the rural economy’s most important services. Like most of Virginia’s old grist mills, Nininger’s Mill was forced out of business because of an inability to compete with the modern milling complexes. The mill was converted to a restaurant in 1968, but some of the original machinery was preserved. The structure now serves as a private residence. A late 19th-century overshot metal wheel remains in place on the north wall.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018