Babcock State Park West Virginia

The Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park West Virginia is one of those “must photograph” subjects every photographer visiting West Virginia should photograph. The mill is in an absolutely beautiful setting, and is photogenic at any time of year but is definitely at its best in the fall. Originally known as Cooper’s Mill that stood on the present location of the park’s administration building parking lot, the Glade Creek Grist Mill is actually a new mill that was completed in 1976. The mill is fully operable and was built as a recreation of Cooper’s Mill which once ground grain on Glade Creek long before Babcock became a state park. 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, WV. 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.

 

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