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Colvin Run Mill Park

10017 Colvin Run Road (Route 7), Great Falls, VA
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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Just off Route 7 with its constant flow of traffic, this park provides an oasis from the hubbub of city and suburban life. A general store near the parking lot provides a self-guided map through the remainder of the property. A trail takes you past a blacksmith shop, the millers house down to the mill built in the early part... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We saw the mill from the road and we always stop for a mill. We had no idea we would find other buildings on the property. After you park you will come to an early 20th century general store that used to be across the road from the mill. Then you will see a barn with a blacksmith forge attached.... More

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Great Falls, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

If one is interested in colonial America, the Mill is a very informative stop. Throughout the year, but especially in the spring and summer, the Mill presents a lot of special events. There a several places to eat in the nearby village of Great Falls. To get the most out of a visit go when a tour is being offered.... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

... kick back for a few hours at Colvin Run Mill, have a picnic, tour the mill, take some photos. This is an unexpected oasis in the bustle of Northern Virginia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My family and I really enjoyed the carving lesson and separately the blacksmith demonstration by the lead blacksmith who made this work of art in about 15 mins...a beautiful leaf key fob. During the demonstration which began around 1130 (Sunday) he discussed the history of blacksmithing and anecdotes...all very interesting. The carving lessons were great fun for the young kids... More

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

See a working mill (only a couple of days a month so call ahead to check when it will be working). Friendly workers explain how grain is ground different ways. Buy milled flour there, learn how to carve at a class, and walk the woods. Low key, pretty location, with enough to do for a hour or so. If you... More

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McLean, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

You can walk the grounds at Colvin Run Mill Park for free, but you have to pay a fee to tour the mill building. The tour lasts about an hour, is very informative and is worth the time. The mill dates from at least 1811. It is built on ground that had been owned by George Washington before it was... More

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Reston, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

For the true history or timber industry buff, this place is fabulous. The operating hours vary (given county budget cuts), so it's worth checking them out before making a long journey. They used to make ice cream on some days, which certainly adds to its appeal to children and some of us adults, and nearly everyone finds it fascinating to... More

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Great Falls, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

A historic grist mill right off of Rte. 7 in Great Falls, VA. Has weekly demonstrations including civil war reenactments, ice cream making, dulcimer band and maple syrup making. There are also tours of the working mill and often the blacksmith shop is operating for live demonstrations. Great venue for kids and often school groups and cub scouts and brownie... More

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