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Title Rakes Mill Pond sign
Date March 1947
Description Image of an informative sign about 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 waiting for/their grist/United States Department of the Interior/National Park Service." Image taken from the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters. Photographed by A.S. Burns in March of 1947.
Location Location Name: Rakes Mill Pond
Parkway Milepost: 162.4
Latitude: 36.865919
Longitude: -80.284906
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Tags Floyd County (Va.)
Rakes Mill Pond (Va.)
Signs and signboards
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway