17th Annual McCormick Farm Mill Day
October 07, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center
128 McCormick Farm Circle
Raphine, VA 24472
The Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, McCormick Farm, will host the 17th Annual McCormick Farm Mill Day on:
Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This year marks the 192nd anniversary of the invention of the McCormick Reaper. This invention started the mechanical revolution in agriculture and forever changed production agriculture around the world.
The main attraction of the Mill Day will be the operation of the McCormick grist mill. Built in the late 1700’s, the mill has been fully restored to working order. Mr. Glenn Wilson of Brownsburg will be on hand to operate the mill and answer questions about historical milling and the mechanical operation of the mill.
Music will be provided by the Mountain Messengers bluegrass band, and the Raphine Volunteer Fire Company will be offering its legendary BBQ chicken. Hikers can enjoy the Marl Creek Interpretive Trail and its fall scenery, including a meadow with native plants for pollinators. There will be educational activities for school-age children.
This event is free of charge and open to the public. The Shenandoah Valley AREC’s commitment to a strong tradition of agricultural innovation will be on display. Attendees will enjoy a hay ride through the research farm, witnessing modern day innovation in beef cattle production practices.
The Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, McCormick Farm is located between Steeles Tavern and Raphine on Raphine Road. From Interstate 81, take exit 205 and go east on Raphine Road towards Steeles Tavern. McCormick Farm is located on the north side of Raphine Road at 128 McCormick Farm Circle.
For more information or to request vendor space, contact the Shenandoah Valley AREC at (540) 377-2255.
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