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Near Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Valley Falls Whip and Grist Mill

 
 
Valley Falls Whip and Grist Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 4, 2013
1. Valley Falls Whip and Grist Mill Marker
Inscription. In 1827 W. W. Fetterman purchased the land surrounding Valley Falls, and built a ship saw mill, and contracted with William Hanley, an English stone cutter, to cut a mill race for water power, using black powder explosives for the first time in this area. J.A. and William Work were employed to build and operate the mill, which supplied most of the lumber used in the surrounding neighborhood. In 1847, John Bradshaw and William Whitescarver built a grist mill at the power site before the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was completed in 1852. At its peak the mill could produce 70 barrels of roller-processed flour per day, which was sold on the market as “The Pride of the Valley” brand. The mill closed in 1905.

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Location. 39° 23.262′ N, 80° 5.249′ W. Marker is near Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from Valley Falls Road 2.8 miles east of East Grafton Road (State Highway 310).
Valley Falls Grist Mill Race Ruins (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 4, 2013
2. Valley Falls Grist Mill Race Ruins (view from near marker)
Touch for map. Marker is located in Valley Falls State Park, along the Tygart River Trail, overlooking the old grist mill ruins. It is about a 1/10 mile walk along the Tygart River Trail from the parking lot to the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 720 Valley Falls Road, Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown (approx. 3.4 miles away); Valley Falls (approx. 3.6 miles away); John Barton Payne (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pruntytown (approx. 3.8 miles away); First Taylor County Jail (approx. 3.8 miles away); Industrial School for Boys (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Catholic Cemetery (approx. 4˝ miles away); Grafton (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a rectangular composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts, and protected by a transparent acrylic overlay which makes it difficult to get a photo without glare.
 
Also see . . .  Valley Falls State Park History. During the 1830s, a trader acquired what is now Valley Falls State Park and built a lumber mill which was later followed in 1847 by a grist mill. With the
Valley Falls Grist Mill Race Built 1837 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 4, 2013
3. Valley Falls Grist Mill Race Built 1837
completion of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad line, from Grafton to Wheeling, in 1853, the community began to boom, with a ferry, post office, shops, a factory and schools. A fire in 1886, followed by floods two years later, destroyed much of the town. In 1964, the West Virginia state park system acquired the falls and surrounding land and created the Valley Falls State Park. (Submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Valley Falls Whip Mill Site (<i>Tygart Valley River in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 4, 2013
4. Valley Falls Whip Mill Site (Tygart Valley River in background)
Valley Falls Whip Mill Site (<i>Tygart Valley River in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 4, 2013
5. Valley Falls Whip Mill Site (Tygart Valley River in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Last updated on February 16, 2019, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on February 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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