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Lord of Leisure writes:
The area in and around West Virginia’s Babcock State Park is a mountainous region (like most of the state) through which a deep canyon, created by the New River, runs for many miles. The area is under federal protection with a “Wild and Scenic River” designation like the Current and Jack’s Fork Rivers in Missouri2 and the Buffalo River in Arkansas.
The Glade Creek Grist Mill lies within Babcock State Park and is the most photographed mill in West Virginia and perhaps anywhere in the country. Most photos of the mill, however, are taken in the fall with spectacular color flooding the area.
I had hoped that the trees would be more leafed out, but spring had just begun when we arrived. I photographed the mill twice. The first day was partly cloudy, but the second day it was raining lightly in a with low overcast sky. I know the rainy day photo would be the best. It gives the picture a moody atmosphere and the wet leaves and bark bring out the subtle colors of the early spring trees.
More About Glade Creek Grist Mill
According to the Babcock State Park Site,
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.
… 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.
An illustrated explanation of the working mill and its operation can be found at How The Mill Runs.
Finally, close up pictures of the mill which are far less glamorous than today’s photo but do show more detail of the structure itself are accessible at MillPictures.
- Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. [↩]
- See Greer Springs In The Missouri Ozarks and Alley Spring Mill On The Jacks Fork River [↩]