Hays Creek Mill

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Hays Creek Mill is a surviving example of the many mills that served the abundant farms of Rockbridge County in the 18th and 19th centuries. Built around 1819 by William Steele, the stone and wood-frame structure was originally smaller but was enlarged to its present configuration in the 1870s. The mill remained in operation until 1957, functioning at various times during its commercial life as a gristmill, sawmill, and fulling mill. From 1871 until the 1920s it was owned and operated by the McClung family and was known as McClung’s Mill. The owner at the time of listing in the registers in the 1990s, who acquired the property in 1974, undertook a program of stabilizing the long-neglected structure and used it as a woodworking shop and storage. Most of the milling equipment was removed decades ago but the metal overshot wheel remains. Next to the Hays Creek Mill is a mid-19th-century miller’s house.

Last Updated: April 22, 2024

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

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