Glade Creek Mill Is One Of The Most Photographed Of All The West Virginia Attractions
This wonderful old mill is a working monument to an historic part of the old American way of life. One of the first things the old pioneers would do after they had cleared some land and began to establish their farms would be to build a mill.
This old mill, now standing in the Babcock State Park in West Virginia, is a fully working example of what one of these mills would have looked like. It is calculated that at one time there were around 500 similar mills in the state. Now only one or two remain.
As times changed and more mechanisation entered the working life the days of the water-powered mill came to an end. Many hundreds of riverside grist mills were either abandoned or turned into something else.
To see such a mill today, working as it would have done in the 1800`s, reminds visitors of how life must have been for the settlers to the New World.
The Mill is a working replica of an original grist mill called Cooper`s Mill.
To recreate what has now become one of the most popular of West Virginia attractions parts were taken from three other mills.
The basic structure, dating back to 1890, comes from the Stoney Creek Grist Mill near Campbelltown in Pocahontas County.
The water wheel was salvaged from Spring Run Mill near Petersburg in Grant County.
Other parts came from the Onego Mill near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County.
Babcock State Park is situated on 4,127 acres of beautifully scenic woodlands in the New River Gorge area. The Glade Creek Mill is found close to the park headquarters.
It is now probably one of the most photographed buildings in all the West Virginia State Parks. Visitors can tour the building and even buy the corn meal and buckwheat flour that it produces.