Colvin Run Mill is Fairfax County's award-winning, operational, 19th-century water-powered gristmill. The site offers recreational and educational activities for all ages through tours, school programs and special events. Admission to the park is FREE. There are fees for tours, programs and special events.
Tour Times: Weekends at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Grind Days: First and third Sunday, March-November
First Sunday of each month when the mill is grinding.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. No reservations required. FREE.
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils.
Northern Virginia Carvers
First Sunday of each month, April to November, in the Education Center
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. No reservations required.
Learn about the art of carving wood from members of the Northern Virginia Carvers.
Enjoy a walk through history.
Tour Colvin Run's restored mill - a water-powered technological marvel built c.1811. On this multi-sensory tour, you'll see the massive waterwheel and gears, hear the roar and knock of those wheels, feel the furrowed stones that grind grain, and smell the burn of mill stones. You'll learn about George Washington's plans for a mill on Colvin Run, hear stories about the man whose ideas revolutionized the milling industry, and encounter the family that ran Colvin Run Mill for more than 50 years.
Customized tours range from interactive flip books that engage young visitors to in-depth historical and engineering information that pique the interest of the most enthusiastic history buff and engineering fan.