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Edinburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wheat Fan

 
 
Wheat Fan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 17, 2020
1. Wheat Fan Marker
Inscription.  
Once the farmer had removed the grain from the straw it would be run through the wheat fan twice; first through the coarse riddle to remove the chaff; the second time through the fine riddle to take out the "white caps" leaving only the clean wheat. The "white cap" was a grain of wheat with the chaff still fast on it.

The clean wheat would then be taken to a mill. Farmers rarely if ever sold their wheat. They delivered it to a mill and got credit for it at the rate of 60 pounds per bushel.

When they wanted flour, they would receive a certain amount of flour and bran for every 60 pounds credited to them.

Donated by: Bill Steadman, Doug Reynard
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
 
Location. 38° 49.27′ N, 78° 34.103′ W. Marker is in Edinburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 11) and Massie Farm Lane, on the right when traveling west on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 214 S Main St, Edinburg VA 22824, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Wheat Fan Display image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 17, 2020
2. Wheat Fan Display
distance of this marker. Schoolhouse Bench (a few steps from this marker); Charred Timbers (a few steps from this marker); Stoney Creek Flood Water Level (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Wheat Fan (a few steps from this marker); Edinburg Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stony Creek Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Edinburg Mill Rain Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Action in Edinburg (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edinburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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