Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center
Reenactment at the Breneman-Turner Mill Saturday, October 4, 1:30 p.m.
The Breneman-Turner Mill Preservation Commitee will host a reenactment of the attempted burning of the mill in the fall of 1864 on Saturday, October 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the mill. General Philip Sheridan, commander of Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley at that time, ordered his soldiers to burn the valley, laying waste to its livestock and crops and disrupting a major transportation route for the Confederate army. The Breneman-Turner Mill is one of the few mills in Rockingham County to survive the Civil War with its milling equipment intact. The reenactment will take place on Saturday, October 4, at 1:30 p.m. The reenactment drama, Mercy Amid the Burning, was written by Paul Roth and features Ellie Moyer as Hannah Shaver, the miller’s wife, who confronted the Union soldiers in their attempt to carry out General Sheridan’s orders and rallied neighbors to help her put out the fire. The reenactment is being held in conjunction with fall meeting of the Society for the Preservation Of Old Mills (SPOOM), Mid-Atlantic Chapter. There is no admission fee for the reenactment. The mill will be open for tours until 3 p.m. following the reenactment. Tour admission by donation. Please plan to arrive by 1:15 p.m. so that you can be in place for the reenactment which will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.