NSV Quarterly Branch Meeting at Zirkle Mill

Please join us for the next general membership meeting of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (NSV) Branch of Preservation Virginia. We will be meeting on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the historic Andrew Zirkle Mill in Forestville, Virginia. The meeting offers a rare opportunity to see this historic grist mill which is not normally available for tours.

Estimated to have been built in the 1760s by Andrew Zirkle and his brothers, the Zirkle Mill was in operation for more than 180 years, until the late 1940s, and retains much of its original machinery. The mill was not burned during the Civil War, as were most commercial buildings of the era, probably due to its location and the lack of visibility from the main road. The mill is currently under restoration. For more information, visit www.historiczirklemill.org.

Following the meeting, light refreshments will be served and mill owner (and NSV Branch Shenandoah County Trustee) Rob Andrews will conduct tours of the mill building. If you plan to attend the meeting, please dress appropriately for touring the mill building (sturdy shoes!) and, if possible, bring a chair. For more information about the meeting, contact Bob Stieg at 540-837-2790 or Rob Andrews at 540-465-8809.

Directions to the mill from southbound I-81: Take exit 273 (Mount Jackson). At the bottom of the off-ramp, turn right onto Mount Jackson Road. Turn left onto South Middle Road (there is a stop sign at this intersection) and continue to the town of Forestville (about 5 miles). Turn left onto Route 767 (Quicksburg Road). The mill is located on the right, 1/8 mile. Parking lot is across the road, by the historic marker.