Ruins of Stonewall Mill, Woodstock, Virginia

Stonewall Mill

Location: Three miles southeast of Woodstock, Virginia, on Route 663 on the Shenandoah River.

Built: circa 1800


25 Jun 1830: Adam Dirting and Elizabeth, his wife, and John Dirting sold to Henry S. Wunder. Deed Book JJ, page 188

29 Feb 1832: Henry S. Wunder and Ann Amelia, his wife, sold to Jonas Burner. Deed Book LL, page 63

10 Feb 1846: Jonas Burner and Sarah, his wife, sold to Henry Hottel and Andrew Hottel. Deed Book WW, page 25

4 Dec 1859: Henry Hottel and Catharine, his wife, and Andrew Hottel and Mary, his wife, sold to Lemuel Painter and James M. Hottel. Deed Book 60, page 238

27 Feb 1878: Lemuel Painter and Mary C. Painter, his wife, sold to William H. Smith and George H. Hottel. Deed Book 19, page 97

15 Sep 1884: Henry Hottel, William H. Smith and George H. Hottel conveyed to W.T. Williams, trustee. Deed Book 25, page 92

W.T. Williams, trustee sold to Joseph I. Triplett. Deed Book 55, page 148

Probated 10 Mar 1930: J.I. Triplett, dec'd., left all his property, including Stonewall Mill, as endowment for a business school. Will Book 36, page 501

Stonewall Mill, Woodstock, Virginia, from an old newspaper photo

Physical Description

Stonewall Mill is a two and one half story, rectangular stone building with gambrel, metal roof and two inside brick and stone chimneys. The weatherboarding in the gables is medium width and plain. The cornices are plain wood. There are eighteen windows having twelve 8x10 panes. There is a batten door with glass.

The interior of the mill was torn out about 1908, and the building is now (1937) used as a power house.

Historical Significance

This mill was fired several times during the Civil War but escaped burning.

From a newspaper: "Under the terms of the will of the late B.F. Hottel, who died recently at Fort Collins, Colo., a notice of whose death appeared in the Herald, an estate amounting to over a million and a quarter dollars will be shared by Shenandoah County relatives. The decedent, who amassed a fortune in banking and business pursuits and who left the county in 1875, was born at the Hottel home at Stonewall Mill near Woodstock in 1844, and before going west learned the milling business with his father, the late Andrew Hottel, who owns the mill."

Sources: Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project, 1937

Photo contributed by Jim Artz

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Created November 14 2001