Watery Wednesday #100: Rakes Mill Pond

Rakes Mill Dam, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia. August 5, 2010.

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We celebrated Betsy’s birthday by traveling up to Virginia.  Although we travelled on the interstates early in the day, we moved over to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd, Virginia.  Just about any stretch of the Parkway is beautiful and we stopped at a number of overlooks just to enjoy the view.

One of our first stops was at Rakes Mill Pond.  The pond was formed when a miller, Jarman Rakes, built a dam for his grist mill.  Rakes was something of a marketing genius — he allowed his customers to fist for brook trout while waiting for their grist.

Rakes Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia. August 5, 2010.

Much of the pond has filled in over two hundred years, but the pond is still large enough to capture the reflections of trees and clouds.

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17 Responses to “Watery Wednesday #100: Rakes Mill Pond”

  1. Mildred Says:

    That’s a beautiful pond George. I love the reflection of the trees in the water. Enjoy your day.

  2. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    I didn’t know this existed! About how far away from me is it? It is strange looning with those two big supports, or whatever they are. But it makes for a great picture!

  3. Susie Says:

    Smart man. Nice reflection of the trees in the water George.

  4. Mary Says:

    Sounds like a good businessman 🙂 Mills are always so photogenic…great post.

  5. Sandra Says:

    this proves even a man made waterfall can be pretty. i like this a lot and what a good thing to be able to fish while waiting. or sit and enjoy the reflections. i AM glad though that i don’t have to wait at a grist mill to get my corn meal or whatever, i like getting it in the store.

  6. Ruth Hiebrt Says:

    The reflections are gorgeous,BUT, I can’t help but notice the vibrant green of the grass.In my part of the country,most of the grass looks tired and not very bright.
    Blessings,Ruth

  7. Pam Says:

    That’s a beautiful scene of the watery fall and pond. With out a doubt, my husband would be standing on the bank fishing for trout.

    Happy Wednesday, George 🙂

  8. Kathy Ariano Says:

    Are there fish in the pond, still?
    I’d love to stand underneath that waterfall!

  9. Rose Says:

    This looks like a place I would like to visit…is fishing still allowed?

    (Does this post mean you have your technical difficulties figured out?)

  10. Neal Says:

    We stopped there also. I have almost the same picture. Glad you got your computer fixed. Hope you got all your and Betsy’s photos Geotagged.

  11. RidinWind Says:

    That sounds like a good trip. It would be even better on a Motorcycle!

  12. busy bee suz Says:

    What a beautiful little spot to stop at!!!

  13. elc8 Says:

    Wow, looks like the pond is very well kept. 🙂

    Watery Wednesday at Presque Isle

  14. happyone Says:

    Nice Photos!! Glad to see you back.

  15. Sey Says:

    I love the photos especially the first one. Send my regards to Betsy.

  16. MaryBeth Says:

    So amazing that ther mill built so long ago is still standing and the pond is lovely. MB

  17. Carletta Says:

    Wonderful reflections in the second one George!

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