These off-grid mills are disappearing fast?
At the end of the 19th century
there were more than 500 operational grist mills in West Virginia, USA. Now most of them have either vanished back to the
environment or are idle beside the rushing streams that once
powered them. Glade Creek Grist Mill is younger than it looks
although its mechanism and building structure are authentic. It's
a combination of parts saved from three other mills that were
beyond repair. It was built in 1976 as a replacement to Cooper's Mill which
ground grain on Glade Creek many years before.
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. Glade Creek Grist Mill provides freshly ground cornmeal which
park guests may purchase depending on availability and stream
conditions. Visitors to the mill may journey back to the time when
grinding grain by a rushing stream was a way of life.