Explore newly renovated Bush Mill during annual festival

Holly Viers • Oct 3, 2018 at 1:32 PM

NICKELSVILLE — Fresh off a 10-year renovation project, Bush Mill is ready to host one of Scott County’s most popular events.

Sponsored by the Nickelsville Ruritan Club, Bush Mill Days pays homage to the early settlers of Southwest Virginia by offering craft demonstrations, apple butter-making and, of course, fresh cornmeal ground from the mill.

When and where: The festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mill in Nickelsville.

What to expect: Throughout the day, festival attendees can enjoy old-time craft demonstrations by local artisans, live country and gospel music, freshly made apple butter and soup bean dinners.

John Lee of Heritage Fellowship, a new tenant of Bush Mill, said the event will also feature apple cider-making, a forge with a blacksmith and a station where children can make their own wooden or copper spoons.

“The crafts they’re doing are really exciting,” said Bob Etherton of the Southwest Virginia Community Foundation, “and to see the kids pounding out on an anvil their own little spoon is pretty neat.”

Guests will also be able to take a tour inside the mill and see its iconic waterwheel in action, an opportunity that comes only a few times a year.

Cost: The festival itself is free, though fresh cornmeal, apple butter, cinnamon rolls and crafts will be available for purchase throughout the day.

“We use it as a fundraiser to raise money for the Ruritan Club, which we turn around and give back to the community,” said Glen Broadwater, a national director of the Ruritan Club.

Parking: Due to limited parking at Bush Mill, festivalgoers should park at Nickelsville Elementary School, located at 11415 Nickelsville Highway. A shuttle bus will run between the mill and the school every 15 minutes.

For more information: Call (276) 479-2033 or (276) 479-2648.