Colvin Run Mill Historic Site
Published in Fairfax County
Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is a beautifully wooded park surrounding a restored and working mill. The mill was a water-powered technological marvel when built c. 1811, and it now sits on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Take a tour to see the massive waterwheel and gears, feel the furrowed stones that grind grain and smell the burn of mill stones set too close together. You'll hear stories about the man whose ideas revolutionized the milling industry and the family that ran Colvin Run for over 50 years. Tours can be customized for groups. The site’s in-depth historical and engineering information will pique the interest history buffs and engineering fans. The site includes a General Store in a 19th century building, the miller’s house, a barn and a blacksmith shop. The park is open dawn till dusk. The mill is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Tuesday. Tours are $7 per adult; $6 per student (16+ with I.D.); and $5 per senior or child.