Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Willow Grove Mill
Burning the Bread Basket
In addition to Willow Grove, several other flour mills, barns, sawmills, stables, tanneries and lumberyards in Page County also fell under the torch within the next 36 hours.
These events and others like them, were part of Gen. Philip Sheridan’s infamous “burnings” in the Shenandoah Valley.
By the time Powell departed five days later, the county had sustained well over $1 million in damages.
By October 24, citizens of Page County petitioned the Confederate government for relief from conscription stating that there was "just sufficient reason to fear starvation will be the fate of some of our citizens should the call for all men be enforced."
Willow Grove and
Prior to the establishment of the town of Luray in 1812, Willow Grove Mill was the focal point of the thriving village of Mundellsville. Powered by an 18-foot overshot water wheel, the mill was a prime example of the quality mills that later earned the Valley the title of “Bread Basket of the Confederacy.” Another superb example of a period mill survived the “burnings” and still stands at Edinburg in Shenandoah County.
Erected 2002 by Summers-Koontz Camp #490, with the help of a grant from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 39.245′ N, 78° 27.743′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Stonyman Road (County Route 642) east of Business U.S. 340. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farm Machinery From The Past (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Slave Auction Block (approx. 0.7 miles away); Massanutten School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); White House Ferry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confederate Heroes Monument Fort Philip Long (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Chapman-Ruffner House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
Regarding Willow Grove Mill. This marker is one of several detailing Civil War activities in Page County, Virginia. Please see the Page County Civil War Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia. for more information about Civil War sites in Luray and Page County, Virginia. (Submitted on July 10, 2007, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
2. Page County Civil War Markers. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2007, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,628 times since then and 75 times this year. Last updated on September 3, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on July 10, 2007, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 11, 2008. 3. submitted on July 10, 2007, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.