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November 2, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mills: Rock Mill

Rock Mill Today,  Courtesy Norman Eby

A decree handed down during the May 1871 term of the Buckingham County Circuit Court, the case of Bondurant’s Executors vs. Wright resulted in a public auction of Rock Mills.  The sale was to take place on Tuesday, September 26th, if the weather was fair.  If not, it would be held the next fair day.  N.F. Bocock, Special Commissioner, ran the following notice:

The sale will be made on a credit of one, two, three, and four equal annual installments of the purchase money, except for so much as shall be needed to pay expenses of sale and costs of suit, which will be required in cash, the purchaser to give bonds and good personal security and the title to be retained as a further security.

These Mills, which consist of excellent flouring, grist and saw mills, are regarded as exceedingly valuable property.  Of established reputation, in a fertile section of the country, and with a large custom, they are worth the attention of those who wish to own such property.

N.F.  Bocock, Special Commissioner

The photo above shows a portion of the mill foundation and a view from the far side of the bridge toward the mill.

According to Rock Mill’s present owner, Norman Eby, “There are no buildings on the property, only an extensive rock foundation laid without mortar.  The foundation was disturbed somewhat by the State when they replaced the old bridge which was wiped out by hurricane Camille, August 19-20, 1969. There was apparently a dam of some sort across the river at the mill site which was removed by the state.  One can find drill holes in the rock where the dam was.”


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Nov 4 2013 11:18 am

    I don’t know the name of the Wright involved in case against Bondurant’s Executives. So far, all I have found is this announcement in the Richmond Whig, August 1, 1871.

  2. mrsandreapotts / Nov 4 2013 11:03 am

    Do you know the name of the Wright involved in the case?

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