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

Advance Mills

 
 
Advance Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
1. Advance Mills Marker
Inscription.  Villages such as Advance Mills were once common features of rural Virginia, serving as economic and social centers. Advance Mills grew around a single mill that John Fray constructed in 1833 on the north fork of the Rivanna River. By the twentieth century, Advance Mills had expanded to include facilities to process corn, flour, wool, sumac, and lumber for local farmers. A general store also sold goods to nearby residents. Industrialization, electricity, and the increasing efficiency of automobiles led to the disappearance of Advance Mills, as well as other similar communities around Virginia, in the latter half of the twentieth century.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-165.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1833.
 
Location. 38° 10.996′ N, 78° 26.369′ W. Marker is near
Advance Mills Rd & Frays Mill Rd image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
2. Advance Mills Rd & Frays Mill Rd
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Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is at the intersection of Advance Mills Road (County Route 743) and Frays Mill Road (County Route 641), on the left when traveling west on Advance Mills Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ruckersville VA 22968, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Earlysville Union Church (approx. 3 miles away); First Buck Mountain Church (approx. 3 miles away); Ruckersville (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Taylor House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Proffit Historic District (approx. 5.4 miles away); Orange County / Greene County (approx. 5.7 miles away); Monacan Indian Village (approx. 5.7 miles away); Rio Mills (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
North Fork of the Rivanna River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
3. North Fork of the Rivanna River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 696 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Jun. 27, 2022