Colvin Run Mill

S of Great Falls at 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, Virginia


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Colvin Run Mill is a working example of Oliver Evans' (1755-1819) automated process that revolutionized late 18th and early 19th century flour milling in America. His innovative concepts were the foundation of the modern automated industries that followed. He was granted a federal patent in 1790 on milling improvements, and by 1792 more than 100 mills had adopted his machinery. Locally, George Washington received one of the first licenses to use Evans' system in his mill on Dogue Creek in Fairfax County. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 16, 1977
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Areas of significance
Engineering; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Processing; Manufacturing facility
Current functions
Museum; Park
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1810; 1820
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller