Near Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The blacksmith shop was a vital place for the early 19th century community. The shop was needed at Jackson's Mill not only to shoe horses, but to make repairs in the gristmill. A blacksmith's work included the maintenance of wagons, carriages and farm equipment, and the manufacturing of articles for domestic and agricultural use.
The blacksmith is one who forges and shapes iron with an anvil and hammer. He begins his work by heating a piece of iron in a furnace, or forge, and uses a bellow to force air into the forge to increase its temperature. When the iron is white hot, it is placed on an anvil, where it is hammered into the desired shape.
The blacksmith shop at Jackson's Mill would have served many families in this rural community.
(Marker Number 5.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 39° 5.807′ N, 80° 27.991′ 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. 19Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Jackson Mill Road, Jane Lew WV 26378, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blaker's Mill (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cummins Jackson House (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.
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 53 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.