Ripley (HM7CX)

Location: Ripley, WV 25271 Jackson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.15', W 81° 42.716'

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McGrew / Hood Grist Mill

— The Blue and Gray Trail —

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 throughRipley on his raid of central western Virginia. They looted the mill, dumping excess barrels offlour, which they could not carry with them, into the stream. The McGrew Mill was raided byboth armies during the war. As the Civil War progressed, theviolence against McGrew from each side of the conflict steadily increased.

If you look ahead at the bridge on the far end and left side youcan 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 their family until its closing in 1930.
HM NumberHM7CX
Series This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByWest Virginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 8:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 438195 N 4296950
Decimal Degrees38.81916667, -81.71193333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.15', W 81° 42.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 9.00" N, 81° 42' 42.96" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Court St N, Ripley WV 25271, US
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