Small Towns of Virginia Series: Millwood

Quiet Store and Homefronts in Millwood.

Hidden away from the modern highway that carries routes 17 and 50 sits the small community of Millwood, a community that dates for over 200 years.  Millwood's lifeblood for numerous decades was the Burwell-Morgan Mill completed in 1785 by Colonel Nathaniel Burwell and Daniel Morgan. (1)  The mill ran as a commercial operation until 1953.  The mill served as a merchant mill providing various milled goods to local residents. (2) The mill is open to visitors Thursdays through Sundays from May to October.  Besides being a museum of the mill's past, the mill also serves as the location of artwork and art shows for local artisans.  This program is known as "Art at the Mill".

The Burwell-Morgan Mill has recently been restored to 1780s conditions and machinery.

Millwood is known for its many antique shops, bed-and-breakfast's, and general stores.  Many of the structures in Millwood are old frame houses with various stone facades and lined with limestone fences.  The Clark House, built in 1842, was a meeting place during the negotiations of Confederate colonel John Mosby's surrender. (1)

One of the many centuries old stone buildings in Millwood.

Millwood is located in Clarke County.  It can be reached easily from Winchester and Washington.  From the East or West via US 17/50, Millwood is easily reached via VA Route 255.  From the North or South via US 340, Millwood can be reached from Route 723 in Boyce.

A restored cart outside the Burwell-Morgan Mill.

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    Sources & Links:

  • (1) Sutcliffe, Andrea. Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 2000. 60-61.
  • (2) VanMeter, Val. "Good to the Last Grind - Burwell-Morgan Mill Finishes Work for the Year," The Winchester Star. Dec. 2, 2002.
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  • Page Created: January 5, 2003
    Last Updated: February 9, 2003

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