WEST VIRGINA: GRIST MILLS

By: chesshirecat

Mar 26 2011

Category: Uncategorized

7 Comments


West Virgina   Glade (Creek Gristmill)

The Glade Creek Grist Mill

The Glade Creek Grist Mill is a new mill that was completed in 1976 at Babcock.   Fully operable, this mill was built as a re-creation of one which once ground grain on Glade Creek long before Babcock became a state park.  Known as Cooper’s Mill, it stood on the present location of the park’s administration building parking lot.

Of special interest, the mill was created by combining parts and pieces from three mills which once dotted the state.   The basic structure of the mill came from the Stoney Creek Grist Mill which dates back to 1890.  It was dismantled and moved piece by piece to Babcock from a spot near Campbelltown in Pocahontas County.   After an accidental fire destroyed the Spring Run Grist Mill near Petersburg, Grant County, only the overshot water wheel could  be salvaged.  Other parts for the mill came from the Onego Grist Mill near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County.

A living monument to the over 500 mills which thrived in West Virginia at the turn of the century, the Glade Creek Grist Mill provides freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat flour which park guests may purchase.  Visitors to the mill may journey back to the time when grinding grain by a rushing stream was a way of life, and the groaning mill wheel was music to the miller’s ear.

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7 comments on “WEST VIRGINA: GRIST MILLS”

  1. Unbelieveably stunning. Can I ask when you snapped this? I’m assuming you weren’t in Florida yesterday and W.Va today….

  2. Very nice shot and treatment!

  3. This photo was taken in July of 2009. I was invited to W.V. to attend a media tour hosted by the Tourism Department of West Virgina. I am so ready to ride West Virgina again.

  4. So vibrant. Simply beautiful. Is this done in HDR?

  5. No, and it’s taken with my old point and shoot camera. (FinePix) I have worked with it in a photo program. Sharpened the color a bit. Tweeked here and there. Thank you

  6. Gorgeous! (as usual!)

    It always amazes me to hear of structures or houses being moved from one place to another. There’s a 200 yr old house nearby that was moved from one corner to literally the corner across the street. Crazy. Even if this mill was moved and assembled from parts of different mills, still a tremendous undertaking.

  7. Living wood. I love your photographs!


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