Over the course of the time that it served as an industrial site, several buildings were constructed on the Chapman / Beverley Mill site. Below is a preview the structures you’ll see when you visit the Mill.
Around 1742, Jonathan Chapman and his son Nathaniel built a two and one half story quartzite, stacked stone gristmill on Broad Run. Less than 20 years later, Chapman’s Mill was so well-known it was used as a boundary marker for the creation of Fauquier County when it divided from Prince William. Over the next 100 years, the mill prospered enabling the Chapman family to raise it to an impressive 83 feet in height. Though destroyed during the Civil War, the Mill was rebuilt and continued to be used to produce corn meal, flour and plaster until the mid 20th Century. The Mill was burnt in 1998, but is now used as a historic interpretive site.
The Mill Store was built circa 1934 by the Furr family (then owners of the Mill property). Originally intended as a retail extension of the Mill itself from which cornmeal and flour could be sold, the Mill Store eventually offered a wider variety of goods including candy, soda and gasoline. Later, the store also served as the Broad Run Post Office.