Glade Creek Grist Mill II by KSkinner


Small (23.2" x 15.1")

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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

Nikon D1X – Nikon 50mm – f1.4 – Expo Disc – Manfretto / Bogen

Image copyright Keith Skinner – no usage without prior written consent


  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    how lovely this is and evocative of times past! what a gorgeous setting and love the mist of the spray…

  • Thanks for taking the time to view my work.

    – KSkinner

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thanks Denis

    – KSkinner

  • Gracey
    Graceyover 5 years ago

    Wow, nice – love that bit of mist hovering above the falls and the mill in behind. Good job.

  • Thanks Gracey… The road to get this vantage point was pretty exciting to say the least. This is an awesome weekend get-away for anyone within driving distance, well worth the cost! I stayed a couple of nights at a cabin with this as a backdrop – something about the sound of a river in the background makes me sleep so sound and rested!

    – KSkinner

  • Robert C Richmond
    Robert C Richmondover 5 years ago

    It may be a “new” mill, but I like the legacy feel of your shot. Very nice.

  • Thanks so much for the comment – I think the place is kind of timeless in a sense – they still operate the mill (depending on water levels) and you can purchase the goods on site. I find if you go during the middle of the week there are far less people to wander into your shot!
    Again I appreciate your taking time to comment on and view my work!

    – KSkinner

  • Evita
    Evitaover 5 years ago

    Congratulations !!! Featured in BARNS! around the World

  • scenescapes
    scenescapesover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image. And thanks for the information. I grew up in Charleston and saw the old mill about 50 years ago. Didn’t realize they had rebuilt it. It was such a cool old mill.

  • Hope Ledebur
    Hope Ledeburover 5 years ago

    A nice image. This must be one of the most photographed Mills in the USA. I have seen several prints in MDPPA Print Competitions.(The judges suggested cutting some of the water out of vertical shots to accent the cascades.) You have cropped this horizontal pretty tight .Several years ago I met a “Character” who helped restore this mill. He was rather backward, but he knew his Mills!…Hope

  • LarryH
    LarryHover 5 years ago

    Very beautful well done.

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 5 years ago

    wonderful composition, stunning image

  • Davies
    Daviesover 5 years ago

    Stunning and beautiful capture.

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