Category Archives: Fundraising

Help Preserve History on Giving Tuesday!

Since 1998, Turn the Mill Around Campaign has worked tirelessly to preserve and promote the historic Chapman – Beverley Mill in Broad Run, Virginia.  The Campaign successfully undertook the massive task of stabilizing the arson-stricken structure, opened the site to the public and engaged with local historians to discover the archaeological history of the Mill.

Every year, thousands of people visit the Mill to enjoy its rich history, impressive architecture and beautiful outdoor space and soon TTMAC will be able to welcome school bus groups thanks to a new bus turnaround and parking area.

Your support has made all of this possible!

As 2016 draws to a close, we hope you will continue to show your support of the Mill.

Join us today, Giving Tuesday, for the official kickoff of TTMAC’s end of year fundraising campaign during which we hope to raise $10,000 to benefit the Chapman – Beverley Mill.

This year it’s easier than ever to donate! In addition donations by mail or via our website, you can now make a donation through Facebook and Twitter. Simply reply ‪#donate‬ + any $ amount (ex:#donate$10) to any post. Within minutes you’ll receive a one time link to register with GoodWorld and that’s it! Every other time you #donate it will be automatic. No other registration required!

You can also support the Mill by shopping our recently redesigned Mill Store, where you’ll find great holiday stocking stuffers like wine glassestote bags and mill stone magnets.  Or participate in our Adopt a Stone Program where you can adopt one or more of the thousands of stones on the Mill’s south-facing wall or made a donation to one of our commemorative stones.

Turn the Mill Around Campaign thanks you for your continued support!

Historic Mill Seeks Funds and Unveils New Ways to Donate


Below you’ll find the most recent press release from the Mill  TTMAC is hoping to raise $10,000 by the end of the year and there are several great ways to help out!  Donors can now make a donation, adopt a stone and purchase Mill merchandise all in one spot!  Plus get a sneak preview of the east wall Adopt a Stone program which will begin in Spring 2017.

Broad Run, VA (November 12, 2016) — The Historic Chapman – Beverley Mill seeks $10,000 in end of year contributions through stone adoption program and online gift shop.

If you’ve ever traveled I-66 between The Plains and Gainesville, you may have noticed a large stone structure, now a ruin, standing at the base of the Bull Run Mountains in Thoroughfare Gap.

The building, known as the Chapman – Beverley Mill was built in 1742 and it ground grain and plaster for the surrounding community until the late 1940’s. Recognized as the tallest stacked stone structure in the U. S., the Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register and many others.

When it was gutted by arson in 1998, Turn the Mill Around Campaign, a non-profit 501c3 organization, stepped in to preserve the historic Mill. Since then, TTMAC has successfully stabilized the Mill ruins, opened the site to weekend tourists and, most recently, begun work on a bus turnaround and handicap accessible parking area that will open the site to many new visitors.

But as 2016 comes to a close, the organization needs help to continue its mission to preserve, promote and share the Mill and its history. TTMAC hopes to raise $10,000 by the end of the year to benefit the Mill.

“There are lots of new and exciting ways to support the Mill,” said executive director Frances Allshouse. “We’ve streamlined our online shop so that sponsors can now make a donation, purchase Mill merchandise and even adopt a stone from the Mill’s southern wall all in one place.”

The Mill’s store offers tee shirts, tote bags, wine glasses art and even stone coasters and magnets crafted from cores taken from the structure’s walls during its 2006 stabilization.

“We’re especially excited to introduce our new ‘Adopt a Stone’ web page which will make online stone adoptions simpler than ever before. Plus there’s now a way to contribute toward stones that have been set aside to commemorate people or events that are significant to the history of the Mill.”

For more information or to donate, visit or email Ms. Allshouse at

April 23 – Adopt a Stone!

About a year ago, TTMAC launched its first Adopt a Stone campaign.  The campaign enables lovers of the Mill to show their support in a unique way – by ‘adopting’ one of the Mill’s many stones.  Adopters make a donation and in return they can choose a stone to commemorate a special event or dedicate to a loved one.


Take a look at the clip NBC4 aired about the Adopt a Stone Kickoff in 2015!

The kickoff event went splendidly and while stones have been selling all year long, there are still plenty of great ones to choose from.  So, if you missed our event last year, now is your chance to pick your perfect stone!

April 23

Adopt a Stone Day at Chapman – Beverley Mill
10AM – 5PM

Support the Mill by joining us at the historic site (17504 Beverley Mill Drive Broad Run, VA 20137) to adopt one (or more!) of the structure’s over 3,000 stones.

Stones on the Mill’s southern wall – the wall facing Interstate 66 – will be available for adoption and prices will range from just $25 to $1,000 or more depending on size and position. Donors will receive an adoption certificate noting the unique reference number of their stone and a map showing the position of that stone on the Mill.

The first $700 of adoptions will be used to help conserve the milling machinery that was pulled from the wreckage of the Mill following an arson in 1998.  All additional proceeds benefit the continued preservation and interpretation of the Chapman – Beverley Mill Historic Site.

We look forward to seeing you on April 23!

Give the Gift of Security on December 1

2015-eat-sleep-give-300x300Ever heard of #GivingTuesday? Since it was founded in 2012, it has been growing in popularity with more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries celebrating it in 2014 alone. So what’s it all about?

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Its purpose is to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

This will be the first year that the Mill has participated and we need your help. #GivingTuesday will kick off TTMAC’s end of year fundraising campaign. One of the goals of the campaign is to raise $1,000 to fund the purchase and installation of security cameras at the Mill property. In recent months, there has been a rash of destructive behavior at the Mill resulting in some interior stones being displaced and the removal of protective lead sheeting. Unfortunately, without surveillance, it is impossible to know who has been damaging the site. Cameras will enable TTMAC to better collaborate with local police and to deter additional vandalism.

Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to participate in #GivingTuesday because this year it’s easier than ever to donate. In addition to traditional donations by mail or via our website, you can now make a donation through Facebook and twitter. Simply reply ‪#‎donate‬ + any $ amount (ex:#donate$10) to any post. You’ll receive a one time link to register with GoodWorld and that’s it! Every other time you #donate it will be automatic. No other registration required!

So, help us reach our $1,000 goal to provide security cameras to protect the Mill. Join us online during #GivingTuesday or #donate anytime.

Thank you for your support!

Stocking Stuffer Saturday

Stocking Stuffer Saturday is coming up on November 28.  Will you be there? Join us at the Mill to pick out the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones!  Take a look at some of the great items we’ll have for sale!

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And don’t forget to visit Warrenton’s Framecraft this Saturday, November 14 for the P. Buckley Moss Print Signing featuring Ms. Moss’ new painting of the Chapman – Beverley Mill.

Upcoming Mill Events

Over the next couple months there will be plenty of ways to support the Mill.  We hope to see you at some of these fun upcoming events!

P. Buckley Moss Print Signing
November 14
10AM – 4PM

In September, P. Buckley Moss, a renowned Virginia-based artist who takes her inspiration largely from images of the Shenandoah Valley, announced the completion of three new works depicting historic places throughout Fauquier County.  The three sites Ms. Moss selected are the Warrenton Rail Depot, the Waterloo Bridge and the Chapman – Beverley Mill.

On November 14, the artist will hold a print signing of her newly-released pieces. The signing will take place at Framecraft (64 Main St. Warrenton, VA).  Prints will be available at $55 each and there will be a raffle to win a beautifully framed print of the Mill.  All raffle proceeds will benefit the continued conservation and interpretation of the historic Mill site!

Stocking Stuffer Saturday
November 28
11AM – 3PM

Join us at the Mill Saturday, November 28 to pick out the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones!  We’ll have a wide variety of merchandise for you to peruse including tee shirts, hoodies, hats, tea towels, aprons, mill stone magnets and more.  And while you’re on site, don’t forget to pick out one of the Mill’s many stones to adopt!


Chapman’s Mill and the Secrets of Thoroughfare Gap
December 3
4 – 6PM

Join us at Turn the Mill Around Campaign’s office (4250 Loudoun Ave. The Plains, VA) for a fun afternoon of wine and light refreshments as we celebrate the completion of the cataloging phase of the Mill’s archaeological shovel test pit survey.  Get a sneak preview of some of our favorite finds! Archaeology team leader, Mike Johnson, will be on hand to discuss the progress that has been made, the prehistoric items discovered and what the future holds for the program.  Mr. Johnson will also demonstrate some of the stone knapping techniques early Virginia Indians used to create tools and weapons!

P. Buckley Moss Paints the Mill

New Painting by P. Buckley Moss

New Painting by P. Buckley Moss

When we were asked several months ago to submit an image for P. Buckley Moss (a renowned Virginia-based artist who takes her inspiration largely from images of the Shenandoah Valley) to consider for her next painting, we were thrilled at the prospect.  Now, we couldn’t be happier to announce that not only has Ms. Moss selected the Chapman – Beverley Mill, she has completed her painting and will host a print signing November 14 in downtown Warrenton!

Ms. Moss’ painting of the Mill is one of three new works depicting historic places throughout Fauquier County.  The other two sites are the Warrenton Rail Depot and the Waterloo Bridge.

The print signing will take place at Framecraft (64 Main St. Warrenton, VA) from 10am until 4pm.  Prints will be available at $55 each and there will be a raffle to win a beautifully framed print of the Mill.  All raffle proceeds will benefit the continued conservation and interpretation of the historic Mill site.

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14.  We hope to see you there!

Fun Fall Events at the Mill

September 14 – 25

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Help us win $12,000 through WTOP’s Click for a Cause Contest. Visit and vote for the Chapman – Beverley Mill .

For more information contact Frances Allshouse at or 540-253-5888.

September 26

Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage DayBluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm, 2015

Old Town Warrenton, 11am – 4pm

Courthouse Square and Main Street
Visitor’s Center/ Mosby House property, 33 N. Calhoun St.. Old Town Warrenton

See learn about the Mill and its history, see some of its archaeological artifacts, and find out how you can help preserve it!

Program of Events:
– Historian Promenade
– Living History
– Old Jail Museum open and courtyard activities
– Speaker’s Program: Disunion and Reunion
– Free Camp Dance called by Tom and Lesley Mack with music played by Marshall and Company
– Town Tours
– Bivouac Area
– Field Hospital
– Displays
– Children’s Corner and history related activities
– Free event! Rain or Shine!

Supported by the Town of Warrenton and Fauquier County.
Event registration can be downloaded at
For information call Paula Johnson at 540.341.7019 or email or

October 23 – 24

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7 – 9PM

Visit the historic Chapman – Beverley Mill during the Bull Run Mountain Conservancy’s annual Halloween Safari!  The Mill will be open with some fun Fall decorations!  Read more about the Safari below.

BRMC wants to take you on an hour-long, night-time hike through the Bull Run Mountains! A guide will lead you along the trail where you will meet native “wildlife” that perform natural history skits. There is a new cast of animals each year, so don’t miss it! Join us for face painting, Halloween snacks, hot cider, a bonfire, and live music. Bring a flashlight, wear good hiking shoes, and remember that it can get cold on the Mountain.
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $7/ Non-members: $10.

The Art of the Mill


B. Payden Photography session at the Mill, 2012

Over the years the Mill has remained a popular setting for photo sessions, and we’re always amazed by the beauty and creativity that we see in the images captured there.  Just take a look at this 2012 shoot by B. Payden Photography for tons of artistic inspiration!

So, to encourage the continued use of the Mill for such artistic endeavors,  beginning July 1, 2015 TTMAC will be taking reservations for 2016 photo sessions.  Sessions will be available during weekdays at a rate of $50 for four hours of access or a full day (dawn to dusk) for $100.

Contact Frances Allshouse for further information at

Mill Fun in the Summertime

A Sunny Summer Day at the Mill

A Sunny Summer Day at the Mill

Just because the Mill will soon be temporarily closed for improvements that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do there this summer.  Take a look at what we have planned!

Mill Tours

Join us June 22 and July 27 at 11am to explore the Mill site with our Executive Director, Frances Allshouse.  Frances will lead participants around the grounds explaining the history of significant areas and structures on the site.  $5 per participant.

Adopt a Stone

Did you miss our Adopt a Stone Campaign kickoff last month?  Here’s another chance to pick a stone! Visit Sunday, June 28 between 10am and 5pm to choose and adopt one (or more) of the over 3,000 stones that make up the Mill’s southernmost wall.    Adoption prices start at just $25 per stone.  Interested in adopting more than one stone? Be sure to ask about families of stones!

Site Clean-Up

Want to lend a hand at the Mill?  We’re looking to organize a small crew to remove the vegetation growing in the stone fence on site.   The clean-up session planned for June 28 10am to Noon.  Contact Frances Allshouse ( for more information.

Photographer’s Special

Beginning this July we’ll be taking reservations for 2016 photo sessions at the Mill.  Four hour sessions will be available for a donation of $50.  All-day sessions will also be available.  Stay tuned for details!

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

On August 2, join us at Barrel Oak Winery for our first wine tasting fundraiser.  Tickets will be available in advance  at $25 per person.

We hope to see you at the Mill soon!