Historic Jolly's Mill Pond

Jolly's Mill Pond

2756 Jolly Pond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
United States

Jolly’s Mill Pond “Where history meets the outdoors”. Around 1820, a group of African-American slaves carved earth from a hillside by hand. This laid the foundation of an 1/8 mile-long earthen dam that formed Jolly’s Mill Pond, a 50-acre historic pond and tree farm in Williamsburg, Va. The pond powered a grist and manufacturing mill for nearly 75 years. Located minutes away from Freedom Park, one of the first free Black settlements in America, Jolly’s Mill Pond was also home for slave, free and Black farmers in its history. The multi-storied bald cypress trees and wildlife habitats of this property have been studied by scientists from The College of William & Mary to the Environmental Protection Agency. Visits to Jolly’s Mill Pond are by appointment only. Email visit@jollysmillpond.com or visit JollysMillPond.com to schedule your visit.