Near Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Soon after moving to Greenbrier County (West) Virginia in 1794, Jacob and Mary Hackman erected a gristmill at the confluence of Mill Creek and Muddy Creek. The Hackman Mill opened for business in 1796, producing cornmeal for the local population. In 1842, the mill was inherited by Susan, one of the Hockmans' three daughters, and her husband, George Lewis. The first Blaker to be associated with the mill was John Blaker, From Loudon County, Virginia, who was hired by the Lewises to work the mill. He eventually married Susan Lewis, probably the granddaughter of Susan Hackman Lewis and George Lewis. The Blakers had eight children, three of whom, James L., Mamie, and Ida, ran the mill until it eventually closed.
Robert Hackman Blaker of Wilmington, Delaware, who generously donated Blaker's Mill, is a direct descendant of the family who built and operated the mill almost two centuries ago. Thanks to his generosity and the many volunteers who carefully disassemble the mill. Stone by stone and board by board; it has been transported form its original site to Jackson's Mill. It has been restored and put into operation so that future
(Marker Number 4.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1794.
Location. 39° 5.801′ N, 80° 27.998′ W. Marker is near Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker can be reached from Jackson Mill Road (County Route 10) 2.6 miles north of U.S. 19, on the right when traveling west. Marker is Stop 4 on the Jackson's Mill Historic Area Walking Tour. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Jackson Mill Road, Weston WV 26452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); Cummins Jackson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); McWhorter Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Blaker's Mill Pond (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome (about 500 feet away); The Heritage Garden (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Regarding Blaker's Mill. Marker has been transcribed as written,
including the spelling and grammar errors.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 12, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.