My mother’s mother’s family lived in Craig County, Virginia, near the town of Simmonsville. The house in the photo above is what we refer to as the family homestead. I’m told this is where my great great grandparents lived. Their name was “Givens.”
I believe the Givens were among the original members of the Gravel Hill Church (Disciples of Christ) when it was established in 1835.
The church sits high on a hilltop above the town of Simmonsville, Virginia.
About a mile away, my great grandparents, The “Reynolds,” owned and operated a grist mill called “Valley Roller Mills.”
When I visited on July 9, 2010, Valley Roller Mills was still standing, just barely.
I’m drawn back to this place and the nearby New River as if by gravity.