Causey's Mill is a historic grist mill located in Causey's Mill Park at Newport News, Virginia. It was built in 1866, and is a small two-story wood frame building originally supported by a brick and concrete foundation. It retains its original machinery and is one of the two last surviving grist mills on the Peninsula. The mill operated until nearly the 20th century. In 2011, the mill was moved about 75 feet from its original location away from the shore of Lake Maury and set on a new foundation.
Here is a brief history of the mill.
Causey’s Mill Buffer Zone Project Original planning for the Causey’s Mill Buffer Zone Project began in 2012 under the direction of a group of our Master Gardeners who received special training in water stewardship. As Newport News Master Gardener Water Stewards, they researched, designed and created the Causey’s Mill Buffer Zone. The purpose of the project was to create a buffer zone that would help protect Lake Maury as a watershed while serving the educational purpose of a riparian demonstration planting area . A buffer zone is a protected area alongside a waterway and/or wetland. Buffer zones provide valuable habitat for wildlife and most importantly protect water resources by filtering and assimilating contaminants from surface runoff water. The project was a joint effort by the Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, the NN Master Gardeners and Water Stewards, and students from Washington Middle School who helped with the installation of the new plants. Access to the Buffer Zone area is off Warwick Blvd. through the Riverside Hospital entrance. Park in the lot immediately to the right and walk through the Abernathy Gardens down to the area next to the mill.