Near Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Edward Jackson, "Stonewall's" grandfather, came to the West Fork valley with his family in 1801 and built a log gristmill at a bend on the east side of the West Fork River sometime within the next few years. Milling was an important industry in the frontier economy, and Edward's mill was very successful. When his son Cummins took possession after Edward's death in 1828, he acquired the best part of his father's legacy.
Cummins Jackson had learned the milling trade well. Recognizing that the West Fork's powerful current threatened to destroy his inheritance, he rebuilt the mill on the river's west bank, the inside of the bend. He retained only the machinery and foundation timber of Edward's mill. The new mill was constructed of a combination of hand-hewn timber and boards produced at the sawmill. Unfortunately, the new mill burned within a few years. Undaunted, Cummins rebuilt the mill you see today on the same site in 1841. This mill was built on a foundation of native stone. The 2 1/2 story building is 40 feet square and made of lumber produced at the sawmill. Power was provided by two water wheels situated beneath the first
(Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1801.
Location. 39° 5.778′ N, 80° 27.975′ 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 6 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. Sawmill (here, next to this marker); Cummins Jackson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blaker's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); McWhorter Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blaker's Mill Pond (about 500 feet away); Welcome (about 600 feet away); The Heritage Garden (about 700 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 79 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 12, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.