Our Team


Experience, Know-how, & Heart

Keith C. Cuthrell, Jr.: 

The vision of transforming the old Weldon Cotton Mill into a Festival Marketplace began when Keith first visited the rundown property in early 2007.  A mostly-retired corporate lawyer, Keith has made a second career of purchasing and renovating distressed properties.  After sponsoring the renovation of numerous residential properties, Keith took on an antebellum estate near Charlottesville, Virginia in 2003, transforming it into a fine Country Bed and Breakfast, while preserving and modernizing its equestrian facilities. Click here to visit The Wolf Trap Farm website. 

Keith says that Riverside Mill, in its neglected condition, “looked like my kind of place”.  Weldon is not that different from the small towns near which Keith grew up further east in North Carolina, except that it has an Interstate and two major U.S. highways running through it.

Bill Blackwell:

Bill has been in business in the Roanoke Rapid/Weldon area most of his adult life.  Bill has an abiding interest in the history of the Roanoke Valley and Weldon, and constantly works to improve commerce and the quality of life in this historic town.  Bill has a particular interest in the Roanoke River, having operated a kayak/canoe rental business that featured river runs and being the proud owner of the Weldon Corn Mill, built in 1892, which overlooks River Falls Park. Bill is on the board of the Roanoke Canal Commission and the Roanoke River Partners, and he has been active with the Weldon Historic Preservation Commission. 

We are thrilled to have him as our daily supervisor of renovation of Riverside Mill.