Mabry Mill

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After a great 4th of July weekend with the grandkids, the boys and I are taking a road trip to Virginia to visit the grandparents (and great grandpa!). We arrived yesterday and after a good night’s sleep, headed-up the Blue Ridge Parkway for some breakfast at Mabrey Mill. We come here often when we’re visiting the family. It’s a great drive up the mountain and the scenery is breathtaking…

Mabry Mill

and the obligatory family-in-front-of-the-old-mill picture is…


They used to make molasses, apple butter, and cornmeal using the old farm methods, but in recent years, the health department said they couldn’t do it any more because it wasn’t “safe”. Of course, it had been done this way for more than 100-years…well, anyway.

You can still see inside the working mill…

Inside the Wheel House

and learn about moonshine, blacksmithing, weaving cotton, and playing checkers with little corncob checkers…

Checkers Checkers

and best of all, to stroll down memory lane remembering the boys first visit to Mabry Mill…(then and now)

Adam and Alex in the Wagon Adam and Alex in the Wagon

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It’s a beautiful day outside, so the boys took Nana for a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can’t take this ride without making a stop at Lover’s Leap…

Nana and the boys

Not too far from “the Leap” is Mabry Mill. Readers of this blog are with this landmark, as we’ve visited before, here and here. It’s a gorgeous spot and I love to walk the grounds.

Daddy and the Boys

One the way home, we stopped by a general store. While Nana picked-up some candy and soda pop for the boys, I walked across the highway to snap a photo of the old zoo. When I was a kid, this was a treat to visit, and we’d always cap-off the day with a ride up the river on the Dan River Queen riverboat.

Old Zoo

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Today, Cindy and the boys visited Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway…

Marby Mill

Evidently, Great-Grandpa had stroller duty…

Great-Grandpa on stroller duty

Look at this bug; we can eat that, right?

Alex and Adam in the field

Mommy and her boys…

Mommy and her boys

Ready for a ride in the wagon, only there’s no horse to pull it (Obviously, Alex doesn’t know that yet :-))

Alex and Adam in the wagon

It was a long day, and the boys are plum tuckered out…

Tuckered out

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Today we took a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway, and stopped at Mabry Mill. On the way back down the mountain, we stopped at Nancy’s Candy Factory (love the fudge!) before enjoying a belated birthday dinner for Cindy at a local Mexican Restaurant.

The family at Mabry Mill

The mill is located in Meadow’s of Dan, Virginia. Incidentally, one of my favorite authors, Burke Davis, lives here!

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