Trapezium Brewing Co. Opens Camp Trapezium in Amherst

Trapezium Brewing Co. was excited to announce the grand opening of Camp Trapezium last June in Amherst. Camp Trapezium sits on 100 acresand comprises a sustainable permaculture farm, brewery and taproom, and an eight suite Airbnb.

The multi-million dollar renovation of the old mill, undertaken by Waukeshaw Development, Trapezium’s parent company, comes on the heels of Waukeshaw’s recent opening of The Westie, a 41 unit apartment building in Madison Heights, and the successful rebirth of Winton Farm, the former Winton Country Club. Camp Trapezium’s taproom will be a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, featuring brick oven pizza.

A permaculture farm was established onsite in 2019, with the goal of supplying as many food and beer ingredients as possible, right down to the yeast harvested off the property. Honeybees, berries, greens, herbs, tomatoes, and other specialty fruits and vegetables are all sustainably raised here. Visitors to Camp Trapezium are encouraged to roam the property and view the farm from which their food comes.

This was the former Amherst Milling Co. for over 200 years.

Waukeshaw converted the property’s historic farmhouse into an eight unit Airbnb, creating an  immersive experience for its guests, with fully renovated suites, ample space for relaxing indoors  and out, and opportunities to engage with the farm and brewery.

Waukeshaw’s Chief Operating Officer, Emily Sanfratella, states that “from the moment we laid eyes on this property, we knew we had something special here. Converting a historic mill to a functioning brewery and taproom was no easy task, and our entire team has worked relentlessly tobring this place to life. We couldn’t be more excited to open our doors this weekend.”

Formerly known as the Amherst Milling Company, the mill was a staple in the community since its inception circa 1813. The mill produced flour and cornmeal for over 200 years. Camp Trapezium is proud to carry on the tradition of providing locally produced products to the Amherst area.

The renovation of the historic mill and its surrounding buildings was completed to the standards of the National Park Service and Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Waukeshaw’s President, Dave McCormack, says, “Our goal in renovating was to preserve the unique character of this property, leaving as much of the original materials in place as possible. Accomplishing thiswhile also bringing the building up to code was a challenge, but with the support and partnership of the town and county, we’ve succeeded.”

The Economic Development Authority of Amherst County, the Town of Amherst, Amherst County, and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. Waukeshaw worked closely with Amherst County and the Planning Commission through the rezoning and regulatory process and received a grant from the Virginia Brownfields Assistance Fund from the Department of Environmental Quality for environmental remediation work.

“We’re thrilled to have Camp Trapezium as part of the Town of Amherst, and to see the iconic Amherst mill brought back to life” said Sara Carter, Amherst Town Manager.

“Working with Trapezium to bring this project to fruition has been an excellent experience,” said Amherst County Administrator, Dean Rodgers. “I know that this place will be an economic driver for the County, and for the region.”

For more information about Trapezium Brewing Co., visit
Amherst County Press Release

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