The "Feagan's Mill" Series
Work From A Huge, Derecho-felled Black Walnut From The Site Of Jefferson County's Last Historic, Potentially Operable Water-Powered Grist Mill
About Historic Feagan's Mill
The original mill at the Feagan's Mill site, the first of eight built on the South Fork of Bullskin Run, off of Wheatland Road near Kabletown, was built by the Abram Haines Family between 1757 and 1760. It is surrounded by agricultural concerns and house that predate 1800. Burned to the ground by Union troops on the order of Generals David Hunter and Phillip Sheridan in 1864, the original mill was replaced in 1870 by Isaac Feagans, who had purchased a half interest in the Haines property, and the mill operated as the Haines/Feagan's Mill, this time with a 16 by 4 foot iron water wheel that was manufactured by the Fritz Iron Foundry in Martinsburg . Around 1900, Wilder Feagans bought out the Haines' interest, and the mill operated as Feagan's Mill until 1937, when it again burned, and was rebuilt. Besides the wheel, the mill consists of a largely gray stone structure with a brick creamery to its side. Feagan's Mill Mill operated until 1943, when it fell into disuse, and since then it sat virtually unremarked upon and deteriorating, until 2010, when the present owner inherited it. See Below.
Feagan's Mill: An "Endangered Historic Structure"
Today, Feagan's Mill is owned by Daniel Lutz, whose dream is to one day restore the historic water-driven mill to full operation as a gristmill for local agricultural use and, in the process, provide an historic venue for events such as weddings and reunions, and more importantly, a culturally significant destination for eco-tourists and educators, who wish to observe the operation of an old-fashioned gristmill in its original setting. Restoration of the mill and development of the site will obviously be costly, but Lutz is confident that steps such as the 2014 listing of Feagan's Mill as an "endangered property" by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia will ultimately move the project forward. Read more about Feagan's Mill and the PAWV listing here. UPDATE: Feagans Mill was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Read about that here.