Discover a part of Northern Virginia’s industrial heritage at the restored Aldie Mill. Built between 1807 and 1809, it was once the largest factory of its kind in Loudoun County. President Monroe was one of its clients, and the Civil War raged around – in inside – the mill. The tandem metal waterwheels are fully operational, making it possible for visitors to watch live grinding demonstrations. Tours and demonstrations are available during weekends between April and November, and for groups by appointment. Owned by NOVA Parks, Aldie Mill also hosts educational programs, teas, and other special events.
The miller and interpretive guides share its history from the early 1800s through the Civil War and into the 20th century, and demonstrate grain grinding.