Old mill on Giles Road

On one of our exploratory drives in the country, my husband and I discovered the ruins of an old mill. The road is in Amelia County, I think, but it must be right on the border with Powhatan County, Virginia. The mill’s waterwheel has rotted away but the rusty gears are still in place above a dry sluice. The building is massive, rising up in the trees like a tower.  It was summer, the day was hot and muggy, and the mosquitoes would have made en plein air painting unbearable, so I took a series of photos and painted this in the comfort of my home.  I hope I’ve been able to communicate the overwhelming presence of the building in my painting. Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 30″

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8 Responses to Old mill on Giles Road

  1. Cassidy says:

    Do you have any info on this building? I was there recently and trying to get more information

    • admin says:

      No. I tried googling for info but couldn’t find anything. The Amelia County Historical Society might have some info, but I never pursued that possibility. If you find anything, please let me know, too. I’m curious.

      • William Wallace says:

        I visited that mill about 15 years ago, navigated the poison ivy, and walked up three floors. It was amazingly intact and dry inside, with rusted, belt-driven machinery and porcelain light sockets in the ceiling in places.

        References are scattered around but after some research it appears to be Jones Flour Mill, previously known as Giles Mill. It sits on a creek fed by Jones Lake which is shown on maps but is appears to be a forest.

        • admin says:


          Thank you for this information. I wondered what kind of mill it was and now I even know its name. I peeked inside, but didn’t go upstairs, thinking the floor might be rotten. I did another painting of the mill in the winter, showing more of the surrounding woods. It’s a fascinating building. Thanks again.


  2. kayla says:

    I keep my horses right down the road from this mill, if you keep traveling down Giles Rd past the creek. I was trying to find more information on the mill seeing as how I pass it every day and I came across your post. Your painting really captures the whole feeling of the mill. I was there earlier today taking pictures of it and I swear your painting looks exactly like the picture I took. That’s so cool! 🙂

    • admin says:

      Just saw your post. Sorry for the delay in answering. It is cool that my painting looks like your photo. That mill is so imposing; I’m curious, too, about it’s history.

  3. GalaxyJane says:

    Sadly, the mill collapsed mid-September in one of the big storms we had. I’d just seen it for the first time a few days before and when I came back by to show my husband and kids the entire front 2/3 of the structure had completely collapse. There’s only really a single wall left standing. Very sad. Found your lovely painting trying to find more info on the building.

    • admin says:

      That is sad! Thanks for letting me know. I’m glad I was able to see the mill and paint it while it was still standing.

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