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Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill

 
 
Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
1. Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill Marker
Inscription. When the head gates at the pond are opened, water runs under the dam into the wooden flume. Since the mill is started and stopped at frequent intervals, the flood gate at the side of the flume is left open to keep from overloading the flume when the water is shut off from the wheel. The gate over the waterwheel can be regulated from either floor of the mill. It controls the speed and power of the wheel. Both the force of the water entering the wheel buckets and its weight turn the wheel. Under full head the wheel produces about 15 horsepower.
 
Location. 38° 9.741′ N, 76° 49.886′ W. Marker is in Stratford, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Great House Road. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. The historic site is on Stratford Hall Road (VA Highway 214), on the left when traveling east. The site is open to the public, for a fee. Marker is in this post office area: Stratford VA 22558, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stratford Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Stratford Landing: Significant Events (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landing: Gateway to the World
Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
2. Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Stratford Cliffs (approx. mile away); Clifts Plantation Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clifts Plantation Burial Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oval Site (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Stratford.
 
Also see . . .  Stratford Hall Historic Site. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..)
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial EraIndustry & Commerce
 
Stratford Mill image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
3. Stratford Mill
The Sluice Gate in the Mill Pond image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
4. The Sluice Gate in the Mill Pond
The Mill Pond image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
5. The Mill Pond
Stratford Mill image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
6. Stratford Mill
Stratford Hall image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
7. Stratford Hall
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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