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On July 9, 2022, Chapters Colonel James Wood II (CJWII), Sgt. Maj John Champe (SMJC), and General Daniel Morgan (GDM) of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in the Clarke County Colonial Kids Day held at Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Clarke, Virginia. It took place on Millwood Road, known as Old Highway 50 (original pavement in this part of the country), which dates back to colonial times. It is one of the oldest roads in this part of the country and is used as the main route through Ashby’s Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

SAR participants, front row left to right: Sean Carrigan, Thomas “Chip” Daniel, Will Reynolds, Dale Corey and Allan Phillips. Back row left to right: Mike St. Jacques, Paul Parish, Paul Christensen, Barry Schwörer, Ken Bonner, Richard Tyler and Marc Robinson. (Photo / Dale Corey)

In the early 1780’s General Daniel Morgan teamed up with Colonel Nathaniel Burwell of Carter Hall to build this water powered mill in an area that came to be known as Millwood. Burwell was the financier and Morgan directed the construction. The project supervisor was LH Mongrul, whose initials and date 1782 are carved in stone on the wall of the mill.

Musket Squad fires a salute. (Photo / Michelle Phillips)

During the many years that the business thrived, the mill was the center of community life, where people would gather to socialize and gossip while waiting for the miller to grind the grain they had brought with them. The mill is a two storey building with a sloping basement and first level of stone topped by a second storey and attic added in 1876. It is one of the few historic mills in the country that operates the water wheel located on the inside. The 20,000 pound wheel turns two 3,000 pound millstones to produce wheat, cornmeal and groats just as it did over 200 years ago.

DAR’s Anne Simmons prepares for the event. (Photo / Chip Daniel)

The event, sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association, allows young people to see what it was like to live in Virginia in the 18th century. Children could observe the milling process and other colonial-era activities including sewing, yarn spinning, blacksmithing, woodturning, crafts, games and scavenger hunts. The SAR offered presentations on muskets, color protection procedures, flag folding, weaving on a ribbon loom (assisted by Elissa “Lis” Parish), games and painting, and displayed posters from the CJWII Chapter Poster Contest. As a demonstration, they offered a musket salute with safety procedures.

From the CJWII chapter, Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Dale Corey, Thomas “Chip” Daniel, Allan Phillips, Will Reynolds, Marc Robinson, Mike St. Jacques and Richard Tyler attended. From SMJC were Ken Bonner and Barry Schwörer and from GDM was Paul Parish. The DAR was represented by Michelle Phillips and Anne Simmons.


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