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.

Of special interest, 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.

A living monument to the over 500 mills which thrived in West Virginia at the turn of the century, the Glade Creek Grist Mill provides freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat flour which park guests may purchase. Visitors to the mill may journey back to the time when grinding grain by a rushing stream was a way of life, and the groaning mill wheel was music to the miller’s ear.

Clifftop WV. , USA

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  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...about 5 years ago

    wow! What a stunning shot. Beautifully toned and the earthy colours are so rich. What a fantastic scene. It is going into my favs.

  • Thanks for the comment – The lighting was a bit dismal but I manged to work with it. I still see a better image next time!!!!

    – KSkinner

  • ladybroken36
    ladybroken36about 5 years ago

    What a beautiful scene! Favorite for me.

  • Thanks for the comment and Fav…..:)

    – KSkinner

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtabout 5 years ago

    super beautiful! Love the natural aged colours in the wood. :]

  • Thanks so much Tracy

    – KSkinner

  • CynLynn
    CynLynnabout 5 years ago

    Excellent!! wonderful info.. super work here!

  • Thanks for taking the time to view my work!

    – KSkinner

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 5 years ago

    great shot can you do a favour and add the camera model to the description

  • Sorry Philip – added the info – Thanks for the comment.

    – KSkinner

  • DavidIori
    DavidIoriabout 5 years ago

    Lovely Capture

  • Thanks David

    – KSkinner

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderabout 5 years ago

    Awesome shot! And a fantastic old building. I’d love to see a long exposure of this, to give the water a smokey appearance?

  • Thanks Craig. I did attempt to try this and there were so many people around they kept wandering into the image… Will attempt to try again during the week days when less people are about.

    – KSkinner

  • Gracey
    Graceyabout 5 years ago

    I think this one might be my favourite of the mill shots. Lovely colour – the depending greens give it a lush feeling.

  • Thanks Gracey – your input is always valued and appreciated!

    – KSkinner

  • sendao
    sendaoabout 5 years ago

    stunning image,wonderful capture!

  • Thanks for the comment and viewing my work sendao

    – KSkinner

  • scenescapes
    scenescapesalmost 5 years ago

    Another beauty!. Beautiful tones and color. Nicely done. Have you tried it in B/W?

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