Byrd Mill advertising banner on burlap

Pictured is a Byrd Mill advertising banner on burlap, dated from the 1900s.

This advertisement for Byrd Mill, taken from the Louisa County Historical Society’s archives, is a testament to the mill’s long-standing operation and commercial business.

Byrd Mill enjoyed a reputation for being the oldest and the best-known of the mills on the South Anna River. Established in 1745, the mill eventually secured a place in the commercial milling business by marketing to the entire country and the globe with widespread mail orders. The mill offered a variety of products such as pancake mix, corn meal, whole wheat flour, maple syrup, and more. The mill changed hands several times through its very long lifespan before abruptly being destroyed by a fire in December 1968.

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