Grinding Season

Grinding season begins in April.  Grinding takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays on the month through October from noon to 3 p.m., conditions permitting.

We’re running the mill like it’s 1811 when the mill was first operating.  Fresh products, stone-ground on-site, are always available in the General Store.

Call ahead if you want to be sure we will be grinding.  703-579-2771.

Blacksmithing Demos

Blacksmith demos are generally the first Sunday of the month.

11 am – 4 pm,   FREE

Stop by the smithy to watch the blacksmith fire up his forge and hand-craft iron tools and utensils.

Wood Carving Lessons

Free wood carving lessons from the Northern Virginia Carvers for ages 12+

1st and 3rd Sundays of the summer

  noon until 4 p.m.

Nominal charge from wood blanks.

Run-of-the Mill Program

Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about, and participate in, the milling process
from beginning to end. This one day, hands-on program will teach you how we clean, mill, and sift our grains using antique equipment. This program is for people interested in learning about milling, how it fits into the “Farm-to-Table” process, and getting a “behind the scenes” look at what we do at the mill.

All participants get to take home a bag of what is milled during the class. Check FCPA, Colvin Run Mill Historic Site for dates and registration details.


Colvin Run Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell, Great Falls Tea Garden, LLC –

(The stone ground cornmeal adds a pleasant bit of crunch to this buttery shortbread)
1 cup flour
1/3 cup Colvin Run Mill Stone Ground Cornmeal
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
4 oz. unsalted butter (1 stick), softened to cool room temp.
1/3 cup sugar
½ tsp pure extract (Ex: vanilla, orange, lemon, almond, etc)
Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in bowl. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325°.
In food processor, beat butter briefly. Add sugar and beat to mix well. Add extract, blend. Add dry ingredients and blend until just mixed and has somewhat formed a ball.
Turn out onto a piece of wax paper. Shape into a round to prepare for rolling.
Cover with another piece of wax paper for easy rolling to desired thickness.
Cut into desired shape/s, place on baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in preheated 325° oven and bake 20 – 30 minutes, depending on size and thickness. Remove from oven. Let cool on baking sheet. Eat and enjoy! Store in airtight container for several days. May also be frozen. Makes 20 – 40 cookies – depending on size and thickness.
Variations: The dough can be rolled into small balls (agate size) and pressed down with the bottom of a glass that has been buttered and sugared or – the balls can be pressed down with a fork – criss-cross style.
Substitute the cornmeal with 1/3 cup stone ground whole wheat flour or ground nuts of your choice.
You may also substitute 1/4 cup cocoa powder for 1/4 cup flour to make a chocolate flavored shortbread.
Grind 2 TBSP of dry tea leaves (your favorite flavor – such as spiced, grey, peachy, etc) and add to the dry ingredients. Omit the extract.

Experiment and Enjoy!!

Santa in the Mill

Santa at the Mill

Celebrate the season with a visit from Santa. He’ll be at the Mill on the 1st or 2nd Saturday in December. Check FCPA Colvin Run Mill Historic Site for the date and further details. Click here for FCPA Colvin Run Mill.

No reservations required.
(3-Adult) Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft. $5 per person.

Maple Syrup Boil Down

Each winter Colvin Run Mill celebrates sugaring time.  Watch and learn as gallons of sap boil down over an open fire to produce ounces of sweet syrup. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup and cornbread made from Colvin Run Mill cornmeal, while supplies last.  February and March weather permitting.

For 2018 dates and additional details, click here to go to FCPA Colvin Run Mill.