Colvin Run Mill Reopens With A New Flume And Waterwheel Debut

Colvin Run Mill opened in a grand celebration for its first grind of the season on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The occasion marked the completion of the replacement white oak flume and water wheel that power grinding operations at Colvin Run Mill. According to the Fairfax County Park Authority website, voter-approved Park Bonds financed the $382,000 project.
With its new flume and waterwheel, Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls reopened on May 2, 2021
According to Vienna Connection, "Sarah Baldwin, Acting Director of the Park Authority, said that although last year was challenging, today reminded them all there would be many great days ahead. She noted that the project team recognized that they had to maintain the "valuable county resource despite the pandemic." She said that the plan called for sourcing and purchasing the wood needed to fabricate the new parts, fabricate the wheel and flume, remove the deteriorated parts, and then finally install. They did this despite the Route 7 road project, no water, and COVID. "This project was delivered on time and on budget… It's a feel-good story that I'm very happy to be part of," Baldwin said." As per Vienna Connection, "Dyke expressed gratitude to Fairfax County Park Authority for having the foresight to make the investment in history. "For understanding that the public recognizes touchstones to our past, like this mill," he said. "Knowing how much the visitors to this site appreciate it. Knowing how much the volunteers who donate their hours to support this mill, love this mill, I have the confidence that this will not be the last wheel." All grain products at Colvin Run Mill are $7.97."

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