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19th-century flour mill uncovered in Northern Virginia

Archaeologists working ahead of a condominim construction project have uncovered the foundation of a flour mill called Pioneer Mills, which dates back to 1854.

The foundation, which spans 122 feet by 112 feet, offers a glimpse inside the operation of Pioneer Mills, which, at its peak, produced thousands of barrels of flour per month that were shipped down the Potomac River, into the Atlantic Ocean and up the east coast.

Despite going through numerous changes of ownership, as well as facing a number of starts and stops due to economic challenges, the building endured through Union occupation during the Civil War, Reconstruction and until the dawn of the 20th century.

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Story: Alexa Epitropoulous | Photo: Alexa Epitropoulos

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