During my travels a few weeks ago, I drove a short distance on the Virginia part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped at Mabry mill. I spent about an hour walking round and photographing the area. Virtual Blue Ridge describes it this way:
When Edwin Boston Mabry (1867-1936) built his water powered mill in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, he had no way of knowing it would become one of the most photographed places in the United States. The mill, on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 176.1, draws several hundred thousand visitors each year.
I took the above photograph and a park ranger took the photo of me. The morning was cool and beautiful. On this day there were few people around and the morning fog had just lifter. I waited around for the sun to come out to get a reflection in the pond. The mill wheel still works and there is a working flume that bring the creek water to the mill. There are other building that remain that are remnants of the rural life in this Appalachian region. See this history of the mill and village.
No matter how many photograph you might see, to be there and enjoy the scenery is a delight. If ever in the area it is a must see.