Mill Wheel quilt block
Mill Wheel

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Mill Wheel ​is a classic five-patch quilt pattern with contrasting colors arranged to form a center circle with surrounding ‘paddles’, suggesting the rotating mill wheel. In the diagram above, four blocks with sashing in two contrasting colors form a design with dramatic impact.

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Water mills have been an important part of Loudoun County’s agricultural history. Two early gristmills have been restored and preserved. Aldie Mill​, ​built in 1809​, ​is Virginia's only known mill powered by tandem overshot water wheels, which still hum with activity for special demonstrations.

Waterford’s impressive three-story mill built in the 1820s has been restored and attests to the county’s rich agricultural past. Aldie Mill is open to visitors on a seasonal basis; the Waterford Mill is open during the Waterford Fair. Both have fascinating histories that help illustrate Loudoun County’s early years.

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