Max B. Crowder Park at Whittle's Mill

The beautiful old mill site on the Meherrin River has been Southside Virginia’s unofficial park for generations – and long South Hill’s best-kept secret.  Recent restoration of the site and the publication of the Whittle's Mill book have greatly heightened interest in the Meherrin River, the legacy of the Whittle family and the secrets of the old mill.

The ruins of at least 35 water mills are hidden along the river and creeks that empty into the Meherrin. Several were built before the American Revolution, and all predate the Civil War. Whittles Mill is the oldest and best known of the old mills along the Meherrin River.

Here you’ll get a glimpse of the natural and cultural significance of Whittle’s Mill – a remarkable American story whose roots all converge at the old mill on the Meherrin River.