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Near Meadows of Dan in Floyd County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mabry Mill

 
 
Mabry Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 16, 2014
1. Mabry Mill Marker
Inscription.  This mill was built about 1910 by Edwin B. Mabry, a jack-of-all-trades who had been a chairmaker, a miner, a coal company blacksmith, and a farmer. He and his wife, Mintoria Lizzie Mabry, operated the mill until 1936, grinding corn and sawing lumber for their Meadows of Dan neighbors.

In 1945, the National Park Service restored and landscaped the mill. Today, it is the most photographed feature on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLandmarksParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list.
 
Location. 36° 45.028′ N, 80° 24.338′ W. Marker is near Meadows of Dan, Virginia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 176.2), 0.2 miles south of Mabry Mill Road SE (Virginia Route 603), on the left when traveling south. Marker
Marker detail: Lizzie and Ed Mabry at the time of their wedding in 1891. image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Lizzie and Ed Mabry at the time of their wedding in 1891.
is located along the walkway approaching Mabry Mill, at the north end of the restaurant and gift shop parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 266 Mabry Mill Road SE, Meadows of Dan VA 24120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rural Life In Appalachia (within shouting distance of this marker); You Buy 'Em, We'll Fly 'Em! (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meadows of Dan (approx. 1.1 miles away); Floyd County / Patrick County (approx. 2.9 miles away); Carroll County / Floyd County (approx. 4.3 miles away); America's Rural Landscape (approx. 5.2 miles away); Rock Castle Gorge (approx. 5.4 miles away); Buffalo Mountain (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meadows of Dan.
 
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1. History of the Mabry Mill. Around 1905 Ed and his wife Lizzie Mabry set in motion actions to realize the dream of their own gristmill. With the help of a neighbor, Newton Hylton, they built the gristmill, waterwheel, and water supply flume system with hard work and hand tools. By 1908 the gristmill was in operation and people from as far away as eight miles were bringing their corn to be ground. By this time Ed Mabry was ready to move on to his next project which was to build a sawmill on the left side of the gristmill. (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Mabry Mill (Wikipedia)
Marker detail: Mabry Mill before it was restored and landscaped. image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Mabry Mill before it was restored and landscaped.
. By 1910 the front part of the mill was completed and included a lathe for turning out wheel hubs, a tongue and groove lathe, a planer and a jig-saw. Between 1905 and 1914 E.B. Mabry bought adjacent tracts of land, mostly for the purpose of acquiring more water power. (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Mabry Mill: The History of A Twice Saved Beauty On The Parkway. Mabry was locally renowned as a man who could fix most anything, utilizing his skills as a blacksmith and wheelwright. Wagon wheels were his specialty. The rocky, eroded mountain roads shattered many a hub, splintered spokes and sprang ties loose from their rims. (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Postcards image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Postcards
The mill presents such an appealing, classic image of rural life that it has been claimed by other states, as these postcards attest.
Mabry Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 14, 2016
5. Mabry Mill Marker
(Mabry Mill in background)
Mabry Mill Waterwheel and Water Supply Flume image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 9, 2018
6. Mabry Mill Waterwheel and Water Supply Flume
Mabry Mill Water Supply Flume image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 9, 2018
7. Mabry Mill Water Supply Flume
Mabry Mill image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 16, 2014
8. Mabry Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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