The Old Leesburg Mill has undergone many changes since it was first established in 1905. Those who haven't visited since its latest renovation will not recognize the place. Today, inside you will find a coffee bar, ice cream bar, fresh baked Amish goods, an assortment of chocolates and old fashioned candies, groceries and snacks, an eat in deli and an assortment of antiques.
Whether you are needing to pick up some staples for dinner, goodies to snack on, a coffee to pick you up or an ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth - The Old Leesburg Mill is the place you want to check out.
The History of the Old Leesburg Mill
Established in 1905, the Leesburg Mill was the place for farmers to gather to swap stories while having their corn ground into feed or placing it in storage. Nick Deeter remembers well working there as a youth. "I remember bagging 80 pound bags of feed out of an old duty bin when I was a kid. It was the kind of job that made you want to go to college."
That's exactly what Nick did. He went to college and later on became an entrepreneur. His latest endeavor is the Old Leesburg Mill Mercantile. "The property went up for auction and I originally purchased it just because I didn't want to see the building torn down." You see, the mill was more than just a place where Nick worked as a youth. It was owned and operated as a working mill by the Smith family for three generations. The Smith's are Nick's family on his mother's side. "My great-grandfather, grandfather and uncle all ran this place at one time or another." So the mill held a special place in Nick's heart.
"I wanted to remodel the place but do so while keeping the feel of the old mill. I wasn't even certain what kind of business it was going to become until I was well into the remodeling project." Once the project was progressing, the idea of a mercantile was born and developed into the multi-department business it has now become.
Reopened in early June of 2013, remnants of the old mill remain along with photographs and artifacts. The new is certainly observable, too. You see it in the fresh young faces of the staff that is ready to serve you along with other amenities such as the comfortable indoor and outdoor seating areas complete with free WiFi. Blending the past with the present, Nick has created a place to come and relax with friends and family over a cup of your favorite coffee or an ice cream sundae. Make plans to drop by soon to enjoy a unique experience in one of Leesburg's oldest landmarks.