Corn Meal Griddle Cakes from Mabry Mill

Not sure if this tiny, and I mean tiny, pamphlet qualifies as a cookbook. But next up on my book shelf was Mabry Mill Old Southern Recipes. Dan and I picked this up along with stone ground corn meal one time when we were visiting Dan’s brother in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. (No, the community was not named for my hubby. Just a coincidence).

First off, Meadows of Dan is a stunning little community just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Virginia. When we were living in Tennessee, we visited Dan’s brother often since it was just a few hours away. On one of our visits we went to Mabry Mill, a restored water-powered gristmill now owned and operated by the National Park Service.    

The mill was built by Ed Mabry beginning in 1903. It started out as a blacksmith and wheelwright shop and then was converted to a sawmill. By 1905 he had againbeen converted this time to a gristmill. It stayed in use until around 1935.

During peak seasons, demonstrations of milling are given by National Park Service volunteers at Mabry Mill. Today its one of the most photographed sites in America. Dan’s brother tells us that images of the mill are often found on post cards from other states. Here’s a wonderful You Tube video showing the mill in action.

Pretty much everyone who visits also come to have breakfast at their restaurant. The pancakes are world famous! In honor of these pancakes, I chose to make the corn meal griddle cakes found in this tiny brochure. They were super easy to make and have a light texture. Plus the corn meal gave the pancakes a nice crunch.


  • 1 c. corn meal
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. shortening, melted (I used butter)
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 1/2 c. milk

Mix the dry ingredients together

Combine egg and milk

Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients

Stir in the melted butter

Add more milk if necessary to make a thin batter (I didn’t need to)

Fry the pancakes on a hot greased griddle    

It’s as simple as that! And if you’re ever in the area of Meadows of Dan do stop and visit!


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