Next Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, is a big weekend in the Virginia Piedmont. On Saturday, the Virginia Gold Cup races will be held at Great Meadow in The Plains, continuing a 93-year tradition that started in nearby Warrenton. Thousands of steeplechase spectators will be motoring out in cars and buses from the DC metro area to partake of the sport of kings, and a bit of imbibing along the way. To get to Great Meadow, these merry makers will traverse Thoroughfare Gap and pass in full view of Chapman’s Mill, now adorned with its “Adopt a Stone” banner. This weekend also coincides with the launch of our latest fundraising campaign – an opportunity for history lovers, mill lovers and anyone else to personally become part of Chapman’s Mill. At the Mill itself (find driving directions here), volunteers will be manning stations so visitors can select and adopt a stone of their choice – one of thousands of stones that make up the massive Mill walls. Stations will open at 10 am and continue to operate until 5 pm or the last visitor departs.
Adopters will take home a certificate of adoption and a map of where their stone is. Soon, an interactive map of the Mill walls will be available on this website where stone adopters will be able to scroll over their stones and see their names or the name they choose to dedicate a stone.
The launch of Adopt-a-Stone will take place both Saturday and Sunday. However, it will continue on line at least until the bulldozers arrive later in the summer to start the renovation and installation of the new park, which will enable visitors to enjoy the mill and its surroundings even more. We look forward to meeting and getting to know many new fans of Chapman’s Mill and to growing our family of Mill adopters.