Historic Amherst mill transformed into brewery

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:27 PM EDT
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AMHERST, Va. (WDBJ) - It’s stood more than 200 years.

A look inside a historic Amherst building gives you a glimpse into the past.

But the future of the former Amherst Milling Company has arrived in the form of Camp Trapezium.

“This thing is an amazing outcome here. It’s like a big art project for me personally,” said Dave McCormack with Waukeshaw Development.

McCormack has transformed the historic mill into a brewery.

The inside of the mill is laced with features of the generations that have used the site. McCormack says that is by design.

“A lot of breweries are in steel buildings or whatever. We love taking a building that’s very quirky and unusual and turning it into something like this. I think it really makes it a really cool destination spot,” said McCormack.

The brewery sits on 100 acres of property, but it isn’t alone.

The area also features renovated lodging and a permaculture farm.

Developers of this multimillion-dollar project say all those features are just the start.

“Our goal long-term is to have big events. We want to tie into the bike trails around here, which is a really cool thing. We have a lot of land. We’re gonna do camping out here,” said McCormack.

The brewery officially opened its doors Thursday.

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