In 1925 Massies Mill was a bustling town of approximately 300 people, many stores, banks, barrel factories, flour and corn mill, hotels, and churches. Massies Mill was settled in the 1700s by William Massie, who has been credited with recognizing the suitability of Nelson County soil for orchard fruits and was the first to plant thousands of acres of apple and peach trees.
Massies Mill felt the full effects of Hurricane Camille in 1969, and many lives and homes were lost. It was one of the hardest hit areas of the county with severe flooding from the record rainfall that caused debris to wash down from the mountainous area destroying everything in its path.
Pharsalia, once a thriving plantation, now a beautiful venue in the country for a special event and Dickie Brothers Orchard, a family owned orchard for over two centuries, are located near Massies Mill.