We found ourselves in the small town of Abingdon, Virginia and took a small windy road up to see Whites Mill. This beautiful old grain mill in listed on the Historic Sites register. Take a look into the past at the massive undertaking it was to create flour, cornmeal, etc by grinding grains with giant millstones until it was fine enough to bake with. This mill is in the process of being renovated as they work to preserve this part of history. There is no tour, you walk yourself through the giant rooms of the mill and look at the machinery used. Next door is a small shop full of antiques and local crafts. But it is a great place to get yourself some hand ground cornmeal or grits- this mill is famous for their yellow grits. While not a destination that requires a lot of time, I think it is an important part of history to see and to understand in that it gives such a powerful understanding of what it use to take to make something as basic as flour.
For more on White’s Mill, check out:: https://whitesmill.org/