“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Jackson’s Mill

Stonewall Jackson’s Boyhood Home

Jackson’s Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2021
1. Jackson’s Mill Marker
In 1831, this became the home of six-year-old Thomas Jonathan Jackson (1824-1863) and his four-year old sister, Laura Ann Jackson (1826-1911). Their father, Jonathan Jackson, had died in poverty in 1826. In 1830, their mother married Blake G. Woodson, who was likewise mired in poverty and resented his stepchildren. Their mother, Julia Beckwith Neale Jackson Woodson, sent them here to live with relatives. They lived with Cummins E. Jackson, who operated the mill, several other bachelor uncles, and at least a dozen slaves.

Thomas Jackson left in 1842 to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in 1846, Jackson served in the Mexican War and later taught at the Virginia Military Institute. He joined the Confederate army when the Civil War began, commanding a brigade at Harpers Ferry. On July 21, 1861, Jackson led his unit at the First Battle of Manassas, where he received his famous nickname, “Stonewall.” His illustrious military career ended with his death on May 10, 1863, after being wounded during the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Jackson and his sister remained close until, like so many other siblings,
Jackson's Mill Marker at the Mary Conrad Cabin image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2021
2. Jackson's Mill Marker at the Mary Conrad Cabin
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they found themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War. Laura Jackson, who married Jonathan Arnold in 1844, opened their house in Beverly to Federal troops as a hospital and nursed them herself. Her outspoken Unionism estranged her from her brother.

(Sidebar): Three generations of Jacksons operated mills here, beginning with Col. Edward Jackson before 1800. Jackson’s Mill included saw and gristmills, carpenter shop, blacksmith forge, slave quarters, barns and other outbuildings, and a general store on 1,500 acres of forest and pasture land. The Jackson's Mill farmstead has been subdivided and passed through several hands. In 1921, the State of West Virginia acquired the remaining property and entrusted it to the Extension Service of West Virginia University for a youth camp. The property became the nation's first state 4-H camp. Most of the early structures as well as the slave cemetery have been lost; the gristmill and Jackson family cemetery remain.
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 month for this entry is May 1861.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 39° 5.829′ N,
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80° 28.101′ W. Marker is near Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is on Jacksons Mill Road (County Route 10) 2.6 miles north of U.S. 19, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Jacksons Mill Road, Weston WV 26452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Mary Conrad Cabin (here, next to this marker); Welcome (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Jackson's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Jackson’s Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Graves of Heroes (approx. 1.7 miles away); Jackson’s Mill / Jackson Graves (approx. 2.4 miles away); First M.P. Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Gen. Lightburn (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
More about this marker. Three photographs are reproduced on this interpretive panel. From left to right they are captioned
  1. Thomas J. Jackson. circa 1855 (age about 31), then a professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at Virginia Military Academy. National Portrait Gallery
  2. Laura Ann Jackson Arnold (1826–1911), date unknown, courtesy of the Virginia Military Institute.
  3. Jackson’s Mill, courtesy West Virginia University Press.

Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is the previous version of this marker, which was located nearby at the pond.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 23, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Jun. 19, 2021