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Woodson's Mill - Mill Pond, Dam & Race
Woodson's Mill is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mill's water source comes from the Little Piney River. Their is a soil dam as well as a now concrete dam that creates the Little Piney Mill Pond.
Spike, our dog, is on top of the soil dam that banks the mill pond.
This is the head race that flows from the sluice gate at the concrete dam to the mill.
 
The concrete dame is a beautiful dam. The sluice gate can almost be seen on the top of this photo.
The sluice gate is at the top of this photo.
The concrete dam, sluice gate and headrace was built by J. Gill Brockenbrough, Jr. after he bought the mill in 1983.
 
This is the mill race flowing to the waterwheel behind the mill.
Back of the mill with the mill race.
Hee the head race is channeled into the flume, into the retention box and ultimately onto the giant waterwheel.
Left side of the mill. Old display waterwheel, and overflow water from the head race.
At one point, Dr. Woodson ran three waterwheels to power all of his equipment. This waterwheel was designed by Dr. Woodson because the cost for this narrow wheel was the same cost as his 12' diameter 6' wide waterwheels.

The large retention box is adjusted within the building to allow the water to hit the over-shot waterwheel.
Dr. Woodson had two of these large waterwheels next to each other.
He used the energy produced by the wheels for all of the milling equipment (which was extensive),
a saw mill (across the road), an ice house, a cider mill and electricity for his mill and house.

 
Excess water flow.




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