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Colvin Run Mill c. 1811 Gearing up for the Future
[ 10017 Colvin Run Road ] [ Great Falls, Virginia 22066 ] [ 703-759-2771 ]

Reservations, Tickets and Payment

Advance reservations are required and the schedule fills up quickly. To make a reservation request, use the Field Trip Calendar, click on a date with availability and complete the reservation request form.

Please be aware that you are not guaranteed to receive the specific dates requested. All requests will be reviewed in the order that they are received and you will be contacted to confirm your field trip dates. No requests will be taken over the phone, however, if you have any trouble please contact the site and staff will assist you in making your field trip reservation request.



  • Preschool Students: $7 in Fairfax County/$8 Out of Fairfax County
  • Preschools - All adults are FREE
  • Elementary Students and Chaperones: $7 in Fairfax County/$8 Out of Fairfax County
  • Elementary School - Teachers are FREE

Payment is due upon arrival. Payment options are cash, checks (payable to FCPA/Colvin Run Mill), Visa or Mastercard.

Maximum Daily Capacity

  • Preschool program: 30 students
  • Elementary programs: 3 classes/90students

For questions or comments about the school program, payments, the Learning Kit materials or any other aspect of a field trip, please call the site office any day between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 703-759-2771 or email

Lunch Facilities

If your group's schedule permits and you want to bring lunch, there are both indoor and outdoor spaces for you to use. In nice weather, you can eat in the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. In bad weather the group can sit on the floor and eat in the barn.

Students should not bring snacks as there is no time to eat during the presentation.

Souvenir Field Trip Bags

souvenir bag $1.50 souvenir field trip bag includes:

  • Colvin Run Mill postcard
  • Souvenir pencil
  • 2 candy sticks
  • Simple machines bookmark

Call at least one week prior to your scheduled visit to ensure bags will be ready for pickup at the end of your field trip.

Pre-School Field Trips

Planning Your Visit

Pre-school field trips for children aged three to five are offered Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m. and take about one hour to complete. Everyone should wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather, since they will walk outdoors between buildings and the mill is unheated.

puppetsThe pre-school program has two parts

  • A docent-led tour of the mill where the children meet five puppets: Marvin the Miller, Alvin his apprentice, farmers Fred and Matilda and their horse Charlie. The children learn how the miller and farmers worked together to produce flour and cornmeal.
  • In the barn, a docent will read the children a story of the teacher's choosing (either Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle or The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney) and explore items in the Hands-On History Trunk.

Elementary Field Trips

Planning Your Visit

Learning Kit
Download Learning Kit
Elementary field trips are offered Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m. and take about two hours to complete. Up to three classes (a maximum of no more than 90 students) can be accommodated each day. Each class will stay together and rotate among three learning centers. Everyone should wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather, since they will walk outdoors between buildings and the mill is unheated.

2nd Grade - Producers and Consumers Field Trip

Students tour three learning centers where they learn how local 19th century producers and consumers — the farmer, miller and storekeeper — around Colvin Run Mill used natural, human and capital resources to their advantage. Download Flyer.

3rd Grade - Simple Machines Field Trip

During the visit, classes tour three buildings — the mill, barn and general store — to learn about the site’s rich engineering, commercial and social history. The program has been designed to closely follow the Virginia Standards of Learning for Force, Motion and Energy and provides a unique opportunity for students to see and use simple machines.

Directions and Parking

Seven miles west of the Capital Beltway (I-495) exit 47A, just off Leesburg Pike (VA State Route 7). There is ample free parking for school buses in the parking lot.

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