Rapp Facts

Photo courtesy of Lucia Kilby

Did you know that . . . Peola Mills was named for the manufacturer of the machinery used in the building?

Mills were once diversified local industries as well as social gathering places. Grinding, distilling, tooling and conversation were done at them. Peola Mills, built around 1794, was one of at least four mills along the Hughes River. Others included the Nethers (still standing), Aylor (between Peola and Nethers) and Walden (further downstream).


Learn more about Peola and the county’s many old mills by stopping by the little red brick building at 328 Gay St. in Washington. And become a member of the Society.

Rappahannock Historical Society
328 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747
540-675-1163 or rapphistsoc@comcast.net