Glade Creek Grist Mill
Glade Creek Grist Mill is a water powered mill in Babcock State Park in West Virginia. The original mill suffered extensive fire damage and was destroyed in 1920s. Using sections of old mills from all across West Virginia, the Glade Creek Grist Mill was brought back to life in the 1970s. Although it is not completely origninal, it is a famous landmark for photographers and nature lovers around the globe.
Backstory and Context
The Glade Creek Grist Mill is located in the Babcock State Park in West Virginia. This mill is not the original mill which stood across the creek from the present one. The mill was constructed in 1975 in its current location. Although the mill is not the original but has several key components that are.
The main building and stone floor came from the Stony Creek Grist Mill in Pocahontas County, and the Onego Grist Mill in Pendleton County. The overshot wheel, which is the oldest part of the mill, came from the Spring Run Grist Mill in Grant County.
The orignial mill burnt down in the 1920s and stood where the administration building parking currently is located. The mill is in some of the most picturesque parts of West Virginia. Wildlife are constantly around the grounds, and the stream that powers the mill is an active fishing spot. The mill is famous for being a heavily photographed area; being seen in post cards and calendars world wide representing a traditional Appalachian landscape. It still stands today and is maintained by the park.
The site sports many visitors in the fall for the abundance of colors all around the mill. Visitors can see nature in full swing. The site is a popular spot for wedding photography, family gatherings, and senior portraits. The mill is still active. It even offers freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat for visitors to purchase. The Glade Creek Grist Mill is where history meets the modern day.