Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday – Sunday

10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066


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. Admission to the park is FREE except for some special events. There is a fee for tours.

Tour Information

  • Tour Times: Weekdays at 1 p.m.;  Weekends at 11 a.m., 1 p.m and 3 p.m.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance online or at the General Store. Reservations required.
  • The General Store will be open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tickets are released on Sundays for tours the following week.
  • Guests will be greeted outdoors.
  • There will be temperature checks. All visitors age 2 and older must wear a face covering/mask indoors.
  • Visitors will be asked to observe social distancing.

Grinding Grain

Public grain grinding tours are suspended until further notice.
Mill staff continue to produce stone-ground products for you to purchase year-round.
Please call 703-759-2771 if you would like to place an order.
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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