Edinburg Mill

I’m looking forward to signing books at the 32nd annual Edinburg ‘Ole Time Festival on Saturday in Edinburg, Va., located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

On the third weekend of each September, this sleepy little town comes alive with music, arts, crafts, entertainment and great food. The theme of the Festival is that of another time – when things moved a little slower and people took the time to visit each other and enjoy life.

One of the major landmarks in the area is the Edinburg Mill, which was built by Major George Grandstaff in 1848. It is one of only a few mills that survived “The Burning” during the Civil War.

The Mill was in continuous operation until 1979 when it was converted into a restaurant. The restaurant closed in 1998, and the Town and the Edinburg Heritage Foundation purchased it in February 2000.

The Mill is now home to a visitor center and the “Museum at the Edinburg Mill.” The Museum tells the story of the mill, the town, the Valley Pike, the Shenandoah River, and the railroad. A 50 seat theater features a 45 minute film entitled, “The Burning” based on John Heatwole’s book of the same name.

I’ve attended this Festival before so I’m really excited about seeing the parade and meeting lots of people. If you’re in the area, I hope you stop by and say hello!

Jessica James


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