Priest Mill (NRIS 00000250)
Off US 220, near Low-Water Bridge,
WV. County/parish: Pendleton.
1 contributing building.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
April 04, 2000.
- Priest Mill
- Priest Mill is a historic sawmill and early electric power plant located near Franklin, Pendleton County, West Virginia. It was built in 1900, with an addition built in 1916 to house a generator and hydro-electric power plant. Electric power was generated at the mill starting in 1911, and in 1913, the Priest's home became the first in Pendleton County to have electric lights. It replaced a mill that was destroyed by fire in 1899. It is a three-story, "T"-shaped, unadorned wooden structure. originally covered with wood shingles, but these were later replaced by metal roofing. The mill race measures 988 feet from the headgates at the dam to the entrance under the mill. It operated as a wool carding mill until the 1950s, and reopened in the 1980s. (read more...)