Ripley in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
McGrew / Hood Grist Mill
—The Blue and Gray Trail —
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
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 7 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); Pfost-Greene Murders / Last Public Execution (within shouting distance of 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 The Casto Hole (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cottageville (approx. 6½ 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 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,242 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo(s) of the foundation stones of the grist mill. • Can you help?