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Saturday, June 3, 2017

DISCOVERING BARE MILL ON A SUNDAY DRIVE IN AUGUSTA COUNTY 5/21/17






Most Sundays MG and I take a drive. There are so many roads to explore in Augusta County VA. We are never disappointed and it is easy to find roads that meet our #1 requirement...the road should have no painted lines. Within a couple of minutes after turning left, or was it right (?), onto an unexplored road, we were sighing at the beauty before us.








We then came upon something quite unexpected.  The placard informed us of what we were about to explore here on Wilda Road.










Here is what Wikipedia says:  "Bare House and Mill is a historic home and grist mill ruins located at Stuarts Draft, Augusta County, VA. The house was built about 1857, and is a two-story, three bay brick dwelling with  Greek Revival and Italianate style design influences. It has a metal-sheathed hipped roof one-story entry porches on the front and rear. Also on the property are a contributing wellhouse and meathouse (c. 1860), barn (c. 1900, 1998), privy, cistern, and pumphouse. The ruins of the Bare Mill and related mill race and piers are also located on the property. The two-story, stone grist mill was built about 1800, and may have shut down after the floods of September 1870."











Finally we left this site to explore more of Wilda Road in Stuarts Draft, VA.  We did not have to drive very far before we pulled off the road to explore.
















Just another beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley. Right, Dolly?



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