The first shoot for “Poetry of Motion” in 2012 was of one of our favorite ballerina’s and a regular model for this project, Sara Gaydash. I chose the Historic Chapman’s/Beverly Mill in Thoroughfare Gap on the Prince William and Fauquier Counties Virginia line to shoot this very talented dancer. I have wanted to shoot at this historic mill for many years and I was very pleased with the following images.
“Chapman’s Mill was built in 1742 by Jonathan and Nathaniel Chapman, a father/son partnership from an enterprising, well-connected colonial family, which founded the city of Alexandria in 1749. Expanded in 1758, the mill became a prosperous gristmill that led to the development of the Shenandoah Valley as a wheat and corn producing region for the next one hundred years. Due to the mill’s location between the Valley and the city of Alexandria, corn and wheat could be transported efficiently by wagon to the mill, ground into cornmeal and wheat, and then shipped from Alexandria to growing markets in Europe and South America.
In 1759 Fauquier County was created from old Prince William County, and the related documents noted that the boundary between the two counties passed through the mill, as it does today. The prosperity of the mill was enhanced when, in 1852, the Manassas Gap Railroad was completed, passing beside the mill and reducing the travel time to Alexandria. In 1858 the Chapmans enlarged the mill, raising it to a total of seven stories and making it a model of agricultural technology. Chapman’s Mill has ground cornmeal and flour for American troops during seven wars: The French and Indian, the Revolutionary, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.”*
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