The Mill at Fine Creek is a unique wedding venue nestled in Powhatan County, only 35 minutes from Richmond and 1 hour from Charlottesville. It combines the historic setting of Fine Creek Mills Historic District with modern facilities built specifically with private events in mind. With its beautiful granite creek and abundant gardens, the entire 10-acre site is exclusive to you on your wedding day.
The 6,500 square foot handicap accessible building was designed with every one of your needs in mind. We can accommodate up to 225 guests and the building is complete with a large deck to enjoy the outdoors, permanent dance floor, full professional audio system capable of accommodating a dj or a band, a generator back up, a private children’s room, bride’s changing room and groom’s cottage.
3 unique outdoor ceremony sites as well as an indoor back-up location are all available to you. One outdoor ceremony site, the flagstones, as well as the indoor site are fully handicap accessible. White wooden folding chairs are included in our ceremony fee. Day-of, on-site coordinating is also available to ensure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day. Off-site coordinators are also welcome as are any vendors even if not on our preferred vendor list.
Our venue can accommodate up to 225 guests with our main dining room capable of seating up to 180 for a buffet style reception and 150 for a plated dinner. Tables, Chiavari chairs, votives, glassware, china, silverware, and a large selection of linen colors and styles are included at no additional cost. A full list of items and services included will be emailed to you alongside your price sheet.
All of our food is prepared from scratch, in-house by chef/owner Lisa Benusa and chef Mark Henry. Each menu is created specifically for our couples and can be tailored to suit any dietary need or wish. Also, our large vegetable and herb garden supplies us with seasonal ingredients year-round.
The Mill is equipped with a full permanent bar and can also include an outdoor bar or specialty drink stations. The main bar offers a large selection of sparkling, red and white wines, including several regional favorites. Its large beer selection is complete with 8 local drafts. A full line of top-shelf spirits is also available and sodas, juices, and mixers are always stocked and included in your bar packaging.
Available to our brides all day long, the Bridal Suite has several salon chairs, full length mirrors, a walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom. Most of our brides make a full day of their prep with on-site stylists, use of our ipod docking station for music, and a member of our staff dedicated to their every need.
The original Miller’s Cottage, circa 1850, is available at no charge as a space for the groomsmen to get ready during the day. The quaint 1 bed, 1 and a half bath cottage, equipped with a full kitchen, can also be rented for the evening of your wedding as a honeymoon cottage.
In addition, there are 13 cottages – 7 one-bedroom cottages, 5 two-bedroom cottages, and 1 three-bedroom cottage – available to you to rent for your special event. Please refer to our Guest Cottages section for more information.
The Fine Creek Mills Historic District was developed as early as the 1730’s when a gristmill was established along a creek leading to the James River. The community flourished as a commercial center for the area well into the 20th century. With a road along Fine Creek leading to the ferry across the James River at Lee’s Landing, Fine Creek Mills served as an important link to the James, the railroad to Richmond.
The earliest evidence of permanent settlement at Fine Creek is seen in the Fine Creek Manor Site. This site is part of a tract granted to Thomas Jefferson (President Thomas Jefferson’s Grandfather) and others in 1718. Although Thomas did not live here himself, it does appear that the house was constructed by the 1730’s when his son Peter inherited the property and lived at Fine Creek with his wife, Jane Randolph, and their first two children.
The house was destroyed by fire in 1928, and what remains today is an extensive complex of archaeological features that have been minimally disturbed since the site was abandoned. The house is represented by collapsed brick chimneys and a pit likely to have been the cellar. To the rear of the house the slope has been terraced in places and contains vestiges of outbuildings represented by fragments of sheet roofing metal and large door hinges. A hand dug and stone lined well is present as is an immense, deep pit of unknown function. Overgrown plantings of wisteria and other residential plants that correspond to the descriptions of the house site and early photographs are still present at the site. All of these remains and the presumed activity and disposal areas between them are likely to contain archaeological information relevant to domestic life from 1730 onward.