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Along the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs through North Carolina and Virginia are many examples of Appalachian life, commerce and architecture from days gone by. Mabry Mill is one outstanding example of what you can see along the way. It has become one of the most photographed and painted scenes in America.

Construction of the mill began in 1903 when Ed Mabry moved to Floyd County. Originally it was a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, then became a sawmill. Mr. Mabry being the consummate do-it-yourselfer, designed and built most of the structure, including fashioning the huge circular saw himself. By 1905 he added a grist mill and by 1910 he had enlarged the structure, to include a woodworking shop with saws, a lathe and other woodworking machines all powered by water and built by Ed Marbry.

During the summer season demonstrations of the working mill can be seen. You can also purchase corn meal, grits and buckwheat that is ground in the mill. Also located on the mills grounds are various other machines and contraptions, gathered from the surrounding region, that were also a part of everyday life. These include a cider press, a tannin grinder, a blacksmith shop and a still to name few. The mill is located at mile marker 176.1 along the Virginia section of the parkway. If you go, plan on spending a couple of hours and consider packing a picnic lunch to enjoy the beautiful country setting.

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