Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Facility hours and tour times may vary when school field trips are on-site

10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066

Mike Henry,

Colvin Run Mill Tours

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 daily tours, school programs and special events.

Tour Information

  • Park facilities are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  Closed Tuesdays.
  • Tours are offered on the hour except when school field trips are on site.
    • Public tours begin at 1 p.m. on days that host school field trips.
  • The last tour departs at 3 p.m.
  • Tour Fees: $8 / adult,   $7 / students 16+ with ID,   $6 / children & seniors
  • Admission to the park is FREE except for some special events.

DOWNLOAD a Walking Tour brochure.

Grinding Grain

Grinding at the mill takes place noon to 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month from April through October. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting.
Please call 703-759-2771 before visiting to confirm there will be grinding.
Cornmeal, grits and whole wheat flour are sold in the General Store.
Enjoy a walk through history.

CRM exterior 3 410w.jpgTour 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.

A group of people on a tour looks at a grinding stone in the mill


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