Wade's Mill is a working flour mill, c. 1750,
built by Captain Joseph Kennedy. Captain Kennedy was
a Scotsman who
was one of the earlier settlers in the Shenandoah
Valley of Virginia. He settled in the area between
Staunton and Lexington Virginia. This was the
frontier of the United States between 1740 and 1770.
The Kennedy family owned the flour mill in the
Shenandoah Valley for about
In 1882, James F. Wade bought the flour mill and his
family operated it for the next four generations.
The interior and workings of the flour mill are much
like they were when Mr. Wade bought it.
How Wade's Mill Operates
The mill is powered by a 21-foot water wheel that is
fed by a nearby stream (known originally as Captain
Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek). Wade's Mill is one of
the few remaining flour mills that still produces a
wide variety of flours exclusively on mill stones.
The Shenandoah Valley flour mill is on the National Register of Historic
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM, and
Sunday: 1 to 5 PM. We are open from April through
Mid-December. Please note: We are closed on Sundays during
June, July and August. and we will be closed on the fourth
of July and Thanksgiving Day.
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