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Near Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rio Mills

 
 
Rio Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 7, 2017
1. Rio Mills Marker
Inscription. The 19th-century mill village of Rio Mills stood 600 yards west of here, where the former Harrisonburg-Charlottesville Turnpike crossed the South Fork of the Rivanna River. Following the Battle of Rio Hill on 29 February 1864, Union General George Armstrong Custer burned the covered bridge and gristmill at Rio Mills. Immediately rebuilt under the direction of Abraham L. Hildebrand, the gristmill continued to grind wheat and corn for the Confederacy. The milling operation apparently closed down soon after 1900.
 
Erected 1990 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number G-26.)
 
Location. 38° 6.168′ N, 78° 27.64′ W. Marker is near Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is at the intersection of Rio Mills Road (County Route 643) and Seminole Road (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west on Rio Mills Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22911, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monacan Indian Village (here, next to this marker); Skirmish at Rio Hill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rio Hill 1864 Skirmish (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rio Hill
Monacan Indian Village (left) and Rio Mills Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 7, 2017
2. Monacan Indian Village (left) and Rio Mills Markers
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Proffit Historic District (approx. 2.1 miles away); Albemarle Barracks Burial Site (approx. 3 miles away); Convention Army The Barracks (approx. 3.6 miles away); First Buck Mountain Church (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
More about this marker. Marker was originally erected at this intersection, but on U.S. 29 itself, on the right when traveling south. In 2016 when Route 29 was widened, it and its neighbor were removed for a while and returned around the corner where they can be found today.
 
Regarding Rio Mills. The word “Rio” in “Rio Mill” and “Rio Hill” is pronounced “Ryo” locally.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Rio Mills (left) and Monacan Indian Village Markers at their old location on Route 29 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
3. Rio Mills (left) and Monacan Indian Village Markers at their old location on Route 29
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,623 times since then and 117 times this year. Last updated on August 11, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on June 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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