Gristmill Grindstones

Gristmill Grindstones (HM20RV)

Location: Machipongo, VA 23405 Northampton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 24.279', W 75° 54.275'

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Numerous water-powered gristmills existed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia from the 1600's until as late as the 1930's. Water from streams or tides turned undershot waterwheels operating the sometimes very dangerous machinery used to rotate heavy grindstones. Some stones were imported from Europe. Shore mills were often locate don top of a dam with the revolving waterwheel adjacent to the structure.

Additionally, there were windmills where the wind served the same purpose as flowing water. The famous illustrator Howard Pyle noted the existence of windmills during his visit to Northampton and Accomack counties in 1879.

Millstones were subject to wear and were recycled as doorsteps and garden paths. Notice the grooves cut into the stones.

Millstones courtesy of Steve Graham
HM NumberHM20RV
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Date Added Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 419941 N 4140146
Decimal Degrees37.40465000, -75.90458333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.279', W 75° 54.275'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 16.74" N, 75° 54' 16.5" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7295 Young St, Machipongo VA 23405, US
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