Colvin Run Mill.Colvin Run Mill is the sole surviving operational 19th-century water-powered mill in the DC area. Tens of thousands of people per year visit and learn about this technological innovation and the social legacy of its working class.

Partners in Preservation logo.Colvin Run Mill was the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the 2013 Partners in Preservation contest, which was sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant helped restore the Mill to a fully operational gristmill. This campaign was recognized by the National Recreation & Park Association as recipient the 2014 Kudos Marketing Piece Award.

The Generosity of Friends

The Friends of Colvin Run Mill presented a $50,000 check in June 2015 to the Park Foundation.  FOCRM member Marjorie Lundegard and others built this fund for capital improvements over the last 15 years. Fundraising efforts for the mill included gathering donated clothing and household goods for the McLean INOVA Thrift Store and selling publications authored by Marjorie.

Colvin Run Mill check presentation.
Pictured front row, right to left: Marjorie Lundegard; Kitty O'Hara, President of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill; Roberta Longworth, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Margaret Dunlap and Fran DiLorenzo. Second row: Bob Lundegard, Paul Lundegard, Kathryn Blackwell, Mary Allen, Terry Tomasulo, Mike Henry, Manager, Colvin Run Mill; Nick Yanarell and Jim Allen.


Brightview Assisted Living, of The Shelter Group, generously contributed $90,000 upon joining the Great Falls community.  The Shelter Group’s generosity will fund capital improvements of Colvin Run Mill, one of Fairfax County’s most loved historical parks.