Bush Mill

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Route 2
Nickelsville, VA 24271
Phone: (276) 479-2965

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Historical Significance Bush Mill - Marshal Spears

Bush Mill, located in Scott County near Nickelsville, VA., is the only restored operational mill in the region. Bush mill was built in 1896 by W. T. Frazier, Stephen Bush and William Bush. Machinery in the mill is intact and is functional, powered by it's 30 foot diameter water wheel that generates 30 horsepower as it grinds gain at a annual festival with crafts, music, food and fun for all ages.

Bush Mill Today

The only restored operational mill in the region, Bush Mill was built between 1896 and 1897 by W.T. Fraizer, Stephen Bush and William Bush. Machinery in the mill is intact. Sometimes called Bond Mill in reference to the original owner, S.H. Bond, the present mill replaced an older one that was located at the same site which burned. Valentine Bush purchased the original mill sometime in the early 1800's and also built a water-powered sawmill upstream and a water powered wool carding machine downstream. The original wooden water wheel was built by Franklin and James Stewart, noted wheelwrights in the region. At the time the mill was built, Valentine Bush was 88 years old and was assisted by his sons, Stephen and William. Recently restored, 1896 water-powered grist mill that uses stones to grind grain into meal.

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