Kennedy-Wade Mill Historic District

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This tiny settlement preserves a picture of a typical 19th-century Shenandoah Valley mill community. Nestled in the hills of western Rockbridge County, the Kennedy-Wade Mill Historic District includes the individually listed Kennedy-Wade Mill, a miller’s house, an assistant miller’s house, a frame I-house, a brick farmhouse and several early outbuildings. The mill is the only operating water-powered gristmill in the region. The miller’s house (begun ca.1850) and the assistant miller’s house, (ca. 1900) stand nearby, with the latter following a regional custom of being built into a bank. The 1913 Charles Wade House is a two-story I-house with a full-width front porch and weatherboard siding. The district’s oldest house is the McFadden House, a ca. 1793 bank-sited brick dwelling with an asymmetrical façade. Capt. Joseph Kennedy originally owned the 113-acre tract that comprises the Kennedy-Wade Mill Historic District.

Last Updated: April 25, 2024

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

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