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Waterwheel Restaurant (Warm Springs Mill)

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Warm Springs Mill
1901. 124 Old Mill Rd.

This last surviving gristmill in Bath County is a reminder of the importance of the milling industry to Warm Springs during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Built by its operator-owner W. H. Miller on Warm Springs Run, the mill is on the site of previous mills, the earliest dating to 1771, and is a late example of a water-powered gristmill. By the turn of the twentieth century, most mills had adopted the roller method of processing grain. The gable-roofed three-story frame and weatherboard structure has an attached twenty-foot-wide overshot metal waterwheel. The mill retains many of its original chutes, belts, gears, hoppers, millstones, and grain elevators. It was the last operating commercial mill in the county when it ceased operations in 1971. The mill now serves as a restaurant and focal point of an attached inn and small shops.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Waterwheel Restaurant (Warm Springs Mill)", [Warm Springs, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-BA2.

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