Estate sales are one of my favorite weekend activities – you never know what treasures you might find! I usually take my camera with me, just in case, but forgot it on Friday. So the photo above is a digital camera copy of the image I took with my cellphone! Hopefully you can tell that this home has a granite front yard! It’s an old mill, dating from 1720. I suspect it may be a second or third incarnation.
According to Chesterfield County Chronicles: Stories from the James to the Appomattox, by Diane Dallmeyer, “Murchies Mill was south of Pocoshock Creek above the confluence with Falling Creek, in the approximate vicinity of a gunpowder mill during the Revolutionary War. It is believed that this mill was built by Cary (Archibald Cary) and destroyed by Benedict Arnold’s troops, who dumped the powder in the creek. This was the first powder mill in America.”
The views from inside the house were wonderful – creek on two sides, porch on the back, sun room next to a small lawn on the other side. There’re two bedrooms upstairs, and two on the first floor. Ceilings are a bit lower than usual. The basement is very large and recently refurbished – the wall next to the creek was washed away in Gaston (August, 2004) and has been replaced with mortored stone. The other walls are dry stone, 8 feet thick at the base I was told.
The house will be on the market soon – I don’t know how much they’ll be asking, but it’s worth a visit: 5301 S. Belmont Rd 23234.