Willow Grove Mill - Page County VA
N 38° 39.223 W 078° 27.729
17S E 720840 N 4281406
Quick Description: This old water mill in Luray, Virginia thrived through the turn of the 20th century.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2011 3:06:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMD68W
An old water mill on the west branch of the Hawksbill Creek is typical of the flour mills that were found in Mundellsville (modern-day Luray), Virginia in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Originally, Joseph Ruffner (his father, Peter, was the first Ruffner in Page County) owned a farm on the Hawksbill in the late 1700s through early 1800s. He established a successful saw mill and grist mill. The area is now known as Willow Grove Mill.
During the Civil War, Willow Grove Mill became a victim of Gen. Sheridan's infamous 'Burning' of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. The flour mill with its 18' water wheel was rebuilt and remained in business until 1943.