A Trip To This Charming, Working Mill In West Virginia Is Unforgettable
The charming little Glade Creek Grist at Babcock State Park has been an iconic part of West Virginia’s landscape for decades, but did you know the mill is also fully functional? Take a look at its fascinating history.
Glade Creek Grist Mill has been a part of West Virginia's scenery since 1976.
The mill was built as a re-creation of Cooper's Mill, which had previously ground grain a short distance away on Glade Creek.
Glade Creek Grist Mill was built out of the parts of 3 other old mills.
Contributing their parts to the Glade Creek Grist Mill were the Stoney Creek Grist Mill, which was near Campbelltown in Pocahontas County, the Spring Run Grist Mill, which was near Petersburg in Grant County, and the Onego Grist Mill near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County. Glade Creek Grist Mill stands as monument to the 500+ mills which played a big part in agriculture in West Virginia at the turn of the century.
The mill is fully operable and used to grind corn.
The cornmeal can be purchased in the gift shop.
The mill can be seen year-round at Babcock State Park, but you can see the inner workings of the mill and buy souvenirs from the gift shop Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The gift shop is also open during the weekends in the springtime.
Here’s a video about the mill and surrounding Babcock State Park by YouTube user OnTheRoadHavingFun2.
Babcock state park is located at 486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, WV 25831. Call (304) 438-3004 for more information.
While you’re in the area, visit the nearby town of
Fayetteville, West Virginia, which has been named one of America’s coolest small towns.
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