Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop, Blue Ridge Parkway, Meadows-of-Dan, Virginia
July, 2011 to present
The historic Mabry Mill is perhaps the most iconic structure on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. Originally built by Ed Mabry in 1903, this restored mill still functions. Visitors to the Mill experience live miller demonstrations, learning about the gristmill process of grinding flour. In the nearby Matthews Cabin, blacksmith shop and interpretive area, National Park Service staff conducts demonstrations on blacksmithing, carding, spinning, basket making and other traditional Appalachian crafts. On Sundays throughout the summer, local folk and mountain music performers appear live here as well.
Here, Cape Leisure operates the Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop, under a contract with the National Park Service which began in 2014. Visitors to the restaurant enjoy a country-style menu, featuring buckwheat, sweet potato and cornmeal pancakes. Breakfast is served all day. Lunch and dinner entrees also are featured, including favorites such as pulled pork, corn cakes, a classic chicken pot pie and homemade blackberry cobbler.
Cape Leisure’s Mabry Mill Gift Shop features Virginia crafts and foods, as well as a wide selection of Mabry Mill and Blue Ridge Parkway-inspired gifts, clothing, books, music and souvenirs.