Historic millstones saved as dam removal begins in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) — Work began Thursday on removing the Jordan's Point dam in Lexington.

First came the pylons from an old railroad bridge, torn apart. Then, the rubble and some extra rock were used to help build the platform for the continuing project.

“We’re trying to approach this in phases,” explained Paul Bugas of the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries.

But the big moment Thursday was a bonus.

“While we’re here with the equipment, while we had everything and everybody, we decided to give it a shot,” Bugas said.

It was the recovery of a pair of millstones, dropped in the river when this was an industrial center.

“We actually came earlier in the year when it was really cold to locate these stones, and we found them," Bugas said. "We were delighted to find them. So it wasn’t until today that we were able to get to them.”

Work had been delayed by the increased river flow from this very rainy year, but now that it was down, work could go on, and they’re hoping to move quickly before rain shuts them down again.

“We’re looking for some rain to move in, and hopefully we can work through it,"said Bugas. "But we’ll have to see what happens with the river.”

But in the meantime, the two heavy pieces of history will show future generations the work that went on there.

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