Effort to Move Local Mill Blocked

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

In a matter of weeks, Shenandoah County's Zirkle Mill could be headed to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. A local group has spent months fighting the plan. In a final effort, The Zirkle Mill Foundation is planning to keep movers from getting to the historic structure by blocking off its access points.

The woman who lives next door to the mill realized that she owned the property that carries a driveway down to the building. She's put up "No Trespassing" signs along with a makeshift wire gate to keep anyone from getting to the mill. The gates run along the easiest point of entry and some activists say it will hopefully send a message to the people that want to move the mill.

"We're looking for some kind of compromise at this point," said Zirkle Mill Foundation Board Member Leslie Meaux. "We're still hopeful that can happen."

The Frontier Culture Museum is taking bids for someone to move the mill. The building itself could be moved anytime after April 12.


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