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Family Vacations: Mabry Mill


The wonderfully preserved Mabry Mill is one of the most popular attractions on the Blue Ridge Parkway.>
The wonderfully preserved Mabry Mill is one of the most popular attractions on the Blue Ridge Parkway.>

The historic fixture of Mabry Mill lies alongside Virginia's sublime stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's located on Rocky Knob, a beautiful mountain known for its crystalline quartz formations and apple orchards. The mill's namesake, Ed Mabry, began construction on the complex in 1905. The mill was an active gristmill and sawmill in the early part of the 20th century. The complex also included a blacksmith's shop, a whiskey still, and a wheelwright's shop.

In modern days, Mabry Mill has emerged as a living-history center with regular demonstrations of old-fashioned smithing, spinning, and weaving techniques. A short hike on the Mountain Industry Trail reveals what life was like in rural Virginia a century ago. Hikers may also glimpse turtles, ducks, and other wildlife. Better yet, on Sunday afternoons there are festive events with traditional music and dancing.

Mabry Mill Information

Address: 266 Mabry Mill Rd., Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 176.1

Meadows of Dan, VA

Telephone: 276/952-2947

Hours of Operation: May - Nov., daily

Admission: Free

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