In 2014, Ben Swenson, Williamsburg, VA author and blogger at abandonedcountry.com, wrote a short piece on the push for more sources of renewable energy and how historic mills like the Chapman – Beverley Mill serve as reminder of the energy sources of the past. Below is an excerpt:
How many high-speed commuters drive by the towering shell of Chapman’s Mill—or any old mill, for that matter—and connect the crumbling ruins to the energy that allows them to zoom past? Not many, I’d wager. But as calls mount to make renewable sources a larger portion of our voracious energy diets, noble old ruins such as Chapman’s Mill stand to remind us of a history we’re increasingly considering to power our future.