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Machipongo in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gristmill Grindstones

 
 
Gristmill Grindstones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 12, 2017
1. Gristmill Grindstones Marker
Inscription. Numerous water-powered gristmills existed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia from the 1600's until as late as the 1930's. Water from streams or tides turned undershot waterwheels operating the sometimes very dangerous machinery used to rotate heavy grindstones. Some stones were imported from Europe. Shore mills were often locate don top of a dam with the revolving waterwheel adjacent to the structure.

Additionally, there were windmills where the wind served the same purpose as flowing water. The famous illustrator Howard Pyle noted the existence of windmills during his visit to Northampton and Accomack counties in 1879.

Millstones were subject to wear and were recycled as doorsteps and garden paths. Notice the grooves cut into the stones.

Millstones courtesy of Steve Graham
 
Location. 37° 24.279′ N, 75° 54.275′ W. Marker is in Machipongo, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker can be reached from Young Street west of Lankford Highway (U.S. 13), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7295 Young St, Machipongo VA 23405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Quarter Kitchen (a few steps from this marker); Cauldron
Gristmill Grindstones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 12, 2017
2. Gristmill Grindstones Marker
(a few steps from this marker); The African American Almshouse (a few steps from this marker); Northampton County Almshouse At Machipongo (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barrier Islands Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Almshouse Farm at Machipongo (within shouting distance of this marker); Northampton County High School (approx. mile away); Three Northampton Landmarks (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Machipongo.
 
Also see . . .  Barrier Islands Center. (Submitted on August 14, 2017.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 115 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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