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011-0187 Breckinridge Mill

Breckinridge Mill
Photo credit: Camille Bowman/DHR, 2009

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/20/1980

NRHP Listing Date 07/30/1980

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 80004172

Breckinridge Mill, located near Catawba Creek in Botetourt County, is a remnant of the grain and milling industry that figured significantly in the economy of antebellum Virginia. One of the oldest mills in the region, the multi-level brick structure was erected in 1822 by James Breckinridge, a leading Federalist politician and landowner of southwestern Virginia, who lived in a mansion (since destroyed) nearby. The mill replaced an 1804 mill also erected by Breckinridge. The fine quality of its construction is shown in the Flemish-bond brickwork. Like most of Virginia’s early gristmills, Breckinridge Mill stood abandoned for many years following the introduction of modern milling establishments. The building received a new lease on life when it was sympathetically converted to apartments in 1980.

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

Updated: December 29, 2021