Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Mabry Mill

Mabry Mill was built in 1910, and the historic water-powered grist mill, sawmill and nearby blacksmith shop provide visitors with a view of pioneer life along the Parkway. Water-powered grist mills like this once provided a valuable service to the local community. Today Mabry Mill remains one of the most famous and highly photographed rural life attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Self-guided tours allow visitors to explore a sorghum mill, a soap-making kettle and an "old time" whiskey still.

Mabry Mill is known for its stone-ground grits, cornmeal and buckwheat flour, which is why travelers and locals come back year after year for the Mabry Mill Restaurant's famous buckwheat cakes, country ham, Virginia barbecue and blackberry preserves. The nearby gift and craft shop is stocked with a great selection of handmade gift items and regional crafts.

Mabry Mill is located at Milepost 176 near Meadows of Dan, Virginia. For more information about Mabry Mill, please call (276) 952-2947.

For recipes from the Mabry Mill restaurant, visit

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