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Ripley in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ripley

McGrew / Hood Grist Mill

 

—The Blue and Gray Trail —

 
Ripley McGrew / Hood Grist Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
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 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
McGrew / Hood Grist Mill and Jackson County Courthouse Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. McGrew / Hood Grist Mill and Jackson County Courthouse Markers
their family until its closing in 1930.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 49.15′ N, 81° 42.716′ W. Marker is in Ripley, West Virginia, in Jackson County. Marker is on Court Street north of Main Street (U.S. 33), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. It is at the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Ripley WV 25271, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ripley (here, next to this marker); Partisan Raid (here, next to this marker); Brother Harry Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ripley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Staats Mill Covered Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Casto Hole (approx. 2.2 miles away); Staats Mill Bridge (approx. 7.2 miles away); Ravenswood / Ohio River Ford (approx. 8.9 miles away). 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
Federal Civil War Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. Federal Civil War Monument
“Erected 1915 in memory of Federal soldiers, War 1861–5.
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.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union Soldier image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
4. Union Soldier
Bronze soldier cast by the W. H. Mullins Company is approx 6 feet high on a 12 foot granite base. At the top of the base, on each of the four sides, are three letters, F, C, L, and on the back, “G.A.R.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,199 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo(s) of the foundation stones of the grist mill. • Can you help?
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