Saturday, June 29, 2013

#550 Vacation Virginia #10 - Woodson's Mill

For the second Vacation Virginia weekend in a row, our destination is a mill.

Woodson's Mill in Lowesville, VA is about 45 minutes south of Charlottesville, conveniently located near the home of our friend Kathy in beautiful Nelson County.   More than 200 years after its construction in 1794, the mill still produces stone-ground flour using the power of the Piney River.  We missed seeing the mill in operation, but enjoyed walking around the historic building in a spectacular riverside setting in view of the Blue Ridge.

Saunders Market is just down the road from the mill, so we stopped there and came away with an armload of goodies.  In addition to lots of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, Saunders sells hand-woven baskets from Bolgatanga, Ghana.

After much peach tasting and serious debate, we choose 1/4 peck of the Early Red Havens to take home with us and make note of the peaches to come. 

Other items that found their way home with us are Woodson's Mill three-grain pancake mix, apple butter, and apple cinnamon barbecue sauce - the last on the shelf!

Other fun things on our agenda: lunch at the Briar Patch restaurant in Amherst and an outstanding performance of Violet by the Endstation Theatre company in the Sweet Briar College auditorium.  We even found time to stop at Colleen's Drive-In for a pineapple malt with extra malt!

Yours in enjoying another fun vacation - Virginia style,

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