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Title Rakes Mill Pond Interpretive sign
Date April 1977
Description Image of an interpretive sign for Rakes Mill Pond near milepost 162.4, section 1R of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sign reads "Rakes Mill Pond/The stone facing of the nearby mill dam/was built early in the 19th century by/one Jarman Rakes, miller. His operation/was notable for a scheme of advertising/that would credit a much later day./Rakes we are told allowed his customers/the sole privilege of fishing for brook/trout in his pond while they waited for/their grist./United States Department of the Interior/National Park Service." Photograph shows a road to the left of the sign and a descending staircase with railing to the right. Image taken from the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters. Photographed by Andy Kardos in April of 1977.
Location Location Name: Rakes Mill Pond
Parkway Milepost: 162.4
Latitude: 36.865919
Longitude: -80.284906
Creator Individual Andy Kardos
Tags Floyd County (Va.)
Rakes Mill Pond (Va.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway