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Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Madison Co. | Virginia | USA | c. 1850's
Township: n/a | Watersource: Hughes River.


Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

Repair work was underway in 2009 at the Nethers Mill, in Nethers Mill, Virginia.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

The mill was earlier known as the Huffman Mill. Ellen Huffman, the daughter of John Hoffman and Julia A. Blankenbaker, married Arnold Nethers on the 24th day of February in 1847. He took over the running of the mill some time later. Arnold's son, James W. Nethers, may have also operated the mill at some time.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

Sr 707 going off to the right, while Sr 600 goes to the left, in front of the mill.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

The concrete wall to the right side of the photo is part of the edge of the wheel pit. The original wheel was mounted perpendicular to the side of the mill and was fed by sluice box to the top of the overshot-wheel.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

The steel wheel with attached gear-drive ring actually has wooden spokes separating the outer bucket section from the axle shaft. *Update: The water wheel is an I-X-L water wheel. It was the company that became the Fitz Water Wheel Company in 1902. They made these hybrid water wheels that had metal shafts, hubs, and wooden arms. Sometimes they had only metal rims with wooden buckets, or the full metal rims and bucket sections like on the later Fitz Water Wheels. Their water wheel catalogs were issued under the name the I-X-L Water Wheel Company, Hanover, Pennsylvania. Ted R. Hazen 02/03/2011*

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

The millrace-pond located just west of the mill, between Sr 600 and Sr 707.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

Nethers Mill sign above the front door to the mill, which faces towards Sr 600.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

A millstone rests against the mill porch. Massive red, sandstone steps lead down from the porch.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

The vision of the owner is to get a working waterwheel back to its original location and supplied by water to operate the mill. From the looks of the old steel wheel, it will probably have to be a new wheel.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 05/17/2009

Gps: 38' 34.22N, 78' 16.67W 807' elevation

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Arthur Rothstein 1935 FSA/OWI-Loc donated Ted R. Hazen 04/20/2011

This photo shows miller, Charles Howell, standing in the doorway of the mill.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Arthur Rothstein 1935 FSA/OWI-Loc donated Ted R. Hazen 04/20/2011

The waterwheel arrangement to the mill. The photographs were originally part of United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Photographer Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) taken for the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection, now in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

Huffman's Mill (Hoffman) / Nethers Mill
Picture: Arthur Rothstein 1935 FSA/OWI-Loc donated Ted R. Hazen 04/20/2011

An interior photo of the Nethers Mill, located in the Shenandoah National Park, Nethers, Va. The photo shows the miller, Charles Howell, attending the grindstone set in the mill.

O Master, let me walk with Thee In lowly paths of service free. "O Master Let Me Walk with Thee" by Washington Gladden 1836-1918
(From the Nazarene hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: From Va 231 at the Madison/Rappahannock Co. line, go northwest on Nethers Road/Cr 602. This road will soon become Sr 601/Peola Mills Road, then becoming Sr 707. Continue on this road to the village of Nethers. As you pass through the village the mill is on the right at the junction of Sr 707 and Sr 600.
 
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