This tiny village
bravely holds its own against the roar of constant traffic on U.S. Highway
29, which bisects the historic community. Buckland nonetheless is an especially
picturesque example of the many mill-oriented settlements that characterized
much of the Virginia Piedmont from the late 18th through the 19th centuries.
Chartered by the Virginia legislature in 1798, Buckland was the first
inland town established in Prince William County. It was an important
wagon stop on the main east-west road between Alexandria and the territory
beyond the Blue Ridge. The present turn-of-the-century grist mill is believed
to be the third mill on this site.
Photograph courtesy of Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy
and Local History, Bull Run Regional Library, Prince William County
Mill in Buckland Historic District
Photograph from National Register collection
The water for the mill race was fed by Broad Run, which flows by immediately
to the north. Also included in the district is an early 19th-century
tavern and a small mid-19th-century church. These buildings, in addition
to several residential dwellings, sustain the village's historic character.
The Buckland Historic District is centered at the intersectin of
Buckland Mill Rd. and Rte. 29, in Buckland.