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Bear Mill and Funeral Home

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c. 1930 mill; c. 1929 funeral home; c. 1976 enlarged. 14 Green Hill Ln.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Christian Bear Sr., a German joiner, cabinetmaker, and miller, settled here c. 1805 and operated a mill and a funeral home that is still operated by the Bear family. On the original mill site behind the funeral home stands a two-story water-powered woodworking frame mill with a metal overshot wheel. The old one-story frame warehouse was used to assemble and display coffins made by the Bears. In front of the mill is the two-story, six-bay, flat-roofed stuccoed Bear Funeral Home with a brick arcade beneath a second-story balcony.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Bear Mill and Funeral Home", [Churchville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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