Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mabry Mill

On Sun. we decided to take a drive to Mabry Mill. This is just a short trip down the parkway, about 10 miles from our house. It's a very scenic drive, especially this time of year. During the fall, Mabry Mill has live Bluegrass music and different demonstrations of how things we done in the past. i really wanted to see the apple butter making, but it wasn't going on today. We did catch a bit of the blacksmiths demonstration, and the mill was running when we first arrived.

The classic Mabry mill picture.

This was first time we were there when the old cabin was open. Inside a woman was doing weaving demonstrations on a large wooden loom. It was too dark inside the cabin for pictures (no windows) , but the inside of the cabin was really, really cool. i was hoping to catch the spinning demonstration, but no such luck.

Basket of fibers and hand carders

We have never been to the Mill when it was this busy. There were people everywhere! There was live bluegrass playing, and lots of folks kicked back in lawn chairs. They have a small area for dancing and there were a few folks up there flat footing.

Basket weaving demonstration.

Sage enjoying the scenery.

Water on it's way to the mill.

Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed features on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In fact its appeal is so great, you can find pictures of Mabry Mill on postcards for many other states.


One Retro Mama said...

WOW!!! That looks like an awesome place to visit. Thanks for sharing!!!

Granola Chicks said...

I used to love going to places like that when I was a kid! It looks like it was a lot of fun, and the pics are just awesome!

Joleen said...

cool. i wanna go!

Christi said...

that looks like such a nice place to go!!