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Chilhowie Milling Company (Smyth County, Va.)


Historical Note

The Chilhowie Milling Company was founded by Major Michael Tate in 1882 in Chilhowie, Smyth County, Virginia. Upon his death, James D. Tate inherited the company from his father. According to Chilhowie Town records the mill underwent renovations in 1897. According to materials in the collection, the Mill underwent renovation again in 1917. During the 1917 renovation, the company transitioned from coal powered machinery to steam powered machinery. In 1993, Chilhowie Mill burned in a fire and did not reopen.


"Smyth County." Byrd, Kimberly Barr; Williams, Debra J. Arcadia Publishing. 2005.

"Town of Chilhowie." Website>.2015.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Chilhowie Milling Company Correspondence,

Identifier: Ms-1989-086

The collection contains correspondence and business papers from 1916-1917, including orders, sample contracts, bills, receipts, and marketing papers between Chilhowie Milling Company and Virginia Iron, Coal and Coke Company, Nordyke and Marmon Company, Millers National Insurance Co., and the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.

Dates: 1902-1917, n.d.