2014 Marks the 30th anniversary since the Grist Mill at
the Union Mills Homestead was restored and rededicated in 1984.
During the weekend of July 19-20, 2014, come meet Colonial
Williamsburg’s John Boag, Union Mills’ first miller, who will be
returning to the Grist Mill for a special appearance that weekend.
30th Anniversary Commemoration
Presentation: July 19, 2014 1:00 p.m.
NOW: July 19, 2014,
30th anniversary of mill renovation dedication.
First miller, Joan Boag, right; current
miller, Ivan Lufriu, forth from right.
NOW: Ivan Lufriu
explains the workings of the mill to some of Sunday's visitors.
THEN: John Boag at work on the
Mill restoration, December 11, 1984. Caption from the
Baltimore Sun reads:
"John Boag, at work on one of the mill's wooden wheels, says even he
is not sure where the act runs out and the real man takes
Photo credit: Ellis J. Malashuk, Evening Sun Staff.
Program for the
1984 Mill Restoration Dedication
Excerpts about the
mill restoration from the
Union Mills Homestead Foundation newsletter
Grist Mill in action in the early days.
Snapshot of Mill in 1958. Note cinder blocks for stairs;
broken windows; collapsing chimney.
Shriver Grist Mill under renovation in
Mill Stones in action in restored Grist Mill
Wooden gears in the Grist Mill
Shriver Grist Mill Timeline
The Shriver Grist Mill was built in the Oliver Evans style by John
Mong, millwright from York. The initial cost for the construction of
the Grist Mill and Sawmill was $420.00.
Various improvements to mill include removal of original wooden
wheel and upgrade to water-powered turbines.
Although operational, the mill was closed when part of the
back wall collapsed due to erosion. When the decision was made to
close the mill, the metal machinery that had replaced the wood over
the years was scrapped for the World War II war effort.
The Grist Mill building was restored, but not to working order.
During this restoration a new floor was installed over the old one –
which was very unsafe. There are some new rafters, and the whole
back wall was rebuilt. Some of the window panes were replaced, and
a new roof was put on.
The Shriver Grist Mill water power system was reconstructed to
working order by Derek Ogden, millwright, using the Oliver Evans
design. John Boag, now the Master of the Wheelwright Shop at
Colonial Williamsburg, was made the mill curator and first miller to
serve the newly restored grist mill.
Dedication of the Grist Mill.
The water wheel, wheel shaft, and apron were reconstructed by Jim
The flume was reconstructed using the original design.
The Shriver Grist Mill is the last functioning grist mill along Big
Pipe Creek, and serves as a historical teaching tool for school
groups and locals alike! The Grist Mill still produces Rice Flour,
Rye Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Barley Flour, Cornmeal and Roasted