Historic Brightwell's Mill in Madison Heights vandalized


AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) - The historic Brightwell's Mill was vandalized Monday, according to owner Ricky Brightwell.

Brightwell says he found a large brandy bottle outside and at least 10 window panes were damaged.

The historic landmark has been vandalized five or six times, and Brightwell says he's fed up and wants people to see the mill as part of history, not an old building to destroy.

Right now Brightwell is looking at installing security cameras outside to prevent it from happening again, the building already has security cameras inside after someone broke into the mill.

"It is so disheartening, you know we try to provide a nice place that looks nice to give it the credit that it deserves," Brightwell said. "Somebody knows who did this, and there's people watching."

The mill has been around since the 1820's and was rebuilt in 1912, according to the Brightwell's Mill website.

Brightwell's Mill used water power to grind grain for local farmers in Amherst and Nelson counties.

It earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places last year.

Brightwell says work to replace the broken windows will begin over the weekend.

The Amherst County Sheriff's Office says kids could be behind the damage.

"We encourage anybody, if they think it's their kids, it's a matter of fixing some glass panes," said Captain John Grieser. "The criminal charges, most of the time if they can just show that they remedied the problem with the property owner, a lot of times the courts look in favor of that."

Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at 434-946-9300.

Thankfully, a local donor is helping provide cash for the repairs.

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