Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Impact of Civl War on mill owners discussed

Ellen Percy Miller will speak on the Chapman/Beverley mill, located in Thoroughfare Gap, and the impact of the Civil War on the mill’s owners at 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 21, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton.

The free lecture will cover events related to Thoroughfare Gap and the mill, including the mill’s ownership by Nathaniel and Jonathan Chapman; the economic, physical and emotional impact of the Civil War on the last Chapman owner; the Beverleys and subsequent owners; the arson fire of 1998; and the mill’s economic impact on the development of the Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

Interesting tidbits, such as the fact that the mill is said to be the tallest stacked stone building in the United States, and an update on current events and plans for the mill will be discussed.

Ellen Percy Miller has a masters degree in American history and a certificate in historic preservation, and has been involved in various local historic sites since 1996.

She became the Executive Director of Turn The Mill Around Campaign for two years after an arson fire damaged part of the Chapman/Beverley Mill in 1998. While serving in that capacity she received a $300,000 TEA-21 grant to stabilize the walls of the mill. In 2005 she returned to the executive directorship of Turn The Mill Around Campaign and brought in an additional $300,000 TEA-21 grant. She is still serving as executive director for the organization and continues to seek funds for the mill’s restoration.

The program is part of a series of free lectures on American history sponsored by the Fauquier Heritage Institute and Fauquier County Public Library.

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