Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington’s First Journey to the Frontier
Erected 1984 by Prince William County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 38° 40.491′ N, 77° 16.87′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Touch for map. Marker is located in Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center, next to The Old Mill. To reach it, enter the shopping center via Tackett’s Mill Drive by turning west from Minnieville Road (Route 640). Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22192, 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 Chinn Family (approx. ¼ mile away); This Site Is Dedicated to the Men and Women of Our Armed Forces Odd Fellows Hall (approx. 1.2 miles away); Commerce Street (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Hammill Hotel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Occoquan River Bridges (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rockledge (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Dogue Indians (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
More about this marker. The Marker is located in Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center. Tackett’s Mill is named after an old 18th Century grist mill which was reconstructed on the north shore of the lake. The old remains were donated by Mrs. Ursula Ermert and the remains were reassembled as The Old Mill to recreate a part of our American heritage for the benefit of residents and visitors who come to Tackett’s Mill.
The mill is powered by a 4 foot wide by 14 foot diameter overshot waterwheel which transmits power to an 8 foor diameter giant cog wheel mounted on 24" diameter oak shafts. Steel gudgeons are forced into the ends of the wooden waterwheel and gear shafts held in place by gudgeon bands which are made fast to the wood shafts
The Marker and The Old Mill can be seen in picture 2.
Regarding Washington’s First Journey to the Frontier. “...the Court House near Independent Hill...” refers to the second Prince William County Court House, located on Cedar Run.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Heroes • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,759 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.