The internet page we looked at to find it said it would be open, but when we arrived, it was closed.
That was OK. We just walked around the outside and saw what we could of the historical mill.
In 1882, James F. Wade bought the flour mill and his family operated it for the next four generations. The interior and workings of the flour mill are much like they were when Mr. Wade bought it.
How Wade's Mill OperatesThe mill is powered by a 21-foot water wheel that is fed by a nearby stream (known originally as Captain Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek). Wade's Mill is one of the few remaining flour mills that still produces a wide variety of flours exclusively on mill stones. The Shenandoah Valley flour mill is on the National Register of Historic Places."
In August 2012, we tried to go back to Wade's Mill. We checked the hours posted on their website. Then, we made the long drive there with the hopes of buying quite a bit of their merchandise after a tour of the inside of the mill. It took us three hours out of our way. They were closed. The note on the door said they had changed their hours for the summer. They should have noted this on their website out of consideration for their customers. Time is precious, and gas is expensive. We will not make a third attempt.