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Ripley in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
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Ripley

McGrew / Hood Grist Mill

— The Blue and Gray Trail —

 
 
Ripley McGrew / Hood Grist Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Ripley McGrew / Hood Grist Mill Marker
Inscription.  
In 1824 Jacob Sturdier built the first grist mill in Ripley along Mill Creek. In 1853, Jacob Sayre sold the mill to John McGrew who came to Jackson County in 1844.

The McGrew mill building was a structure of about 40 ft. by 30 ft. and was two and one-half stories high. The mill furnished flour, feed, meal, and buckwheat, which were important staples of the day.

On September 3, 1862, General Albert Jenkins and his Confederate Calvary passed through Ripley on his raid of central western Virginia. They looted the mill, dumping excess barrels of flour, which they could not carry with them, into the stream. The McGrew Mill was raided by both armies during the war. As the Civil War progressed, the violence against McGrew from each side of the conflict steadily increased.

If you look ahead at the bridge on the far end and left side you can still see some of the foundation stones of the grist mill.

The final straw for McGrew came when soldiers roughed up the workers and broke the steam engine that powered the mill when the water level was too low to operate the mill. During the final years
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of the war, he sold the mill to his son-in-law, D.K. Hood, who later changed the name of the mill from the McGrew Mill to Valley Mill. The Hoods renovated and enlarged the facility, which remained in their family until its closing in 1930.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 3, 1862.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 49.15′ N, 81° 42.716′ W. Marker was in Ripley, West Virginia, in Jackson County. Marker was on Court Street north of Main Street (U.S. 33), on the right when traveling north. It is at the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Ripley WV 25271, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Ripley (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ripley (here, next to this marker); Partisan Raid (here, next to this marker); Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park (a few steps from this marker); Pfost-Greene Murders / Last Public Execution
McGrew / Hood Grist Mill and Jackson County Courthouse Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. McGrew / Hood Grist Mill and Jackson County Courthouse Markers
(within shouting distance of this marker); Brother Harry Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); Raid on Ripley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
 
More about this marker. Marker shows a map of the Blue and Gray Trail through West Virginia in the upper left and four images. In the upper right is a photograph of a line of people posing on and below the “iron bridge across Mill Creek, present day McGinley Memorial Bridge.” Below that photo is a portrait of John McGrew. AT the lower left is a photograph of the “Grist Mill, circa 1900," and to the right a photograph of the “town of Ripley after the Civil War" looking down from the mountain showing the mill and the old courthouse.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced with the linked marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,705 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo(s) of the foundation stones of the grist mill. • Can you help?

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