FOCRM gets "in gear" and sponsors or supports events at the mill site.We look forward to seeing you at one or all!

In addition to the popular activities mentioned below, the Colvin Run Mill site sponsors or hosts a wide variety of other programs exploring history, technology, and food. For a list of upcoming activities and camps for spring 2024  click on "Read more" below.

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Grinding Season

Grinding season begins in April. Grinding takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of 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 or click the link below.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

Blacksmith demos are generally the first Sunday of the month. 11 am – 4 pm, FREE Stop by to watch the smithy  fire up his forge and hand-craft iron tools and utensils.

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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. Click on the link below for dates and registration details. 

Wood Carving Lessons

Free wood carving lessons from the Northern Virginia Carvers for ages 12+ 1st and 3rd Sundays in the summer from noon until 4 p.m. Nominal charge for wood blanks. 

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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. The mill site and paths are lit with candles, Santa sits in the mill's office, a Christmas tree is trimmed with Victorian decorations, children's craft activities for the season are available in the Education Center, and hot chocolate is on tap. As a special treat, join in with the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire and roast marshmallows.

Check the Fairfax County Park Authority Colvin Run Mill Historic Site for the date and further details (link below) No reservations required. (3-Adult) 

Maple Syrup Boil Down

In early spring 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 dates and additional details, click on the image below. 

Cider Making

Learn about pressing apples for cider. See a demonstration of an ol' time still and learn the history of distilling and its importance to the mill (still will be a water-only demonstration - no alcohol at this event). 

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  • Monday
    11:00am - 04:00pm
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday - Sunday
    11:00am - 04:00pm