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1959- Three friends shared a vision of creating heirloom furniture by combining their unique blend of skills and talents. So Harry Stover, Ray Simmons, and Willis Miller left their jobs with a local furniture builder and set out to establish Mill Cabinet Shop in the historic Hollens Mill in Bridgewater, Virginia. The shop initially offered customers beautiful handcrafted reproduction antique furniture.

 

Their work quickly took a new direction after a customer ordered a set of kitchen cabinets. Harry, Ray and Willis began developing the concept of furniture-based cabinetry by skillfully combining the artistry and precision of handcrafted furniture with the functionality and durability of cabinets. They decided to build their cabinets with solid wood, rather than with plywood, typically used at that time, and to build everything in shop.

 

1966- Harry, with the support his wife Lois, became sole owner of Mill Cabinet Shop. His young sons, Lee and Randy, worked at his side during the summers and after school, where they observed and began to learn their father’s meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality work. Shop operations were moved from the old Hollens Mill to the newly constructed building across the street.

 

1969- As orders poured in from Harrisonburg contractors, the Shop celebrated its first 10 years in business by adding its first addition which included storage space and a drum sander.

 

1970s- Corian was invented as an alternative to Formica for solid surface counter tops.

 

1980- Harry’s oldest son, Lee, designed and patented the self-centering jig, which allowed for exact precision in the drilling and placement of cabinet hardware on drawers.

 

1982- Lee and Randy took on increased responsibility in the company. They oversaw the construction of a second addition to the Shop and increased the Shop’s staff of skilled artisans and craftsmen.

 

1990- Lee and Randy expanded the shop’s workspace once again with a third addition, which included a
state-of-the-art finishing room, and new and updated equipment. Granite counter tops began to grow in popularity around this time.

 

1998- Harry Stover was tragically killed in an automobile accident at the age of 77. Just six weeks after his death, the shop’s building was destroyed by fire.

 

1999- The rebuilt shop was completed just five months to the day after the fire, thanks to a massive, determined effort by the shop’s own employees, and the help and support of the Bridgewater, Dayton, and surrounding communities.

 

2007- First addition to 1999 shop.