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Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State

The mission of the West Virginia Association of Museums is to serve, educate, advocate for, and enhance communications within the museum community. WVAM carries out this mission by listening to its members and serving their interests and by keeping the members abreast of current standards and activities on a national scale.

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Featured Museum

      This month’s featured museum is WVU Jackson’s Mill. The site is located near Weston, WV where the West Fork River and Freeman’s Creek cross.

     The first structure was a log style home built was a on high ground. The original mill built by Edward Jackson consisted of a grist and saw mill, the saw mill is no longer standing and Edward’s original gristmill burned down in 1837. The grist mill standing today consists of a three story wood frame structure. A large portion of the interior is intact, including equipment, woodwork, the millstone, and cogs are original. The floor inside the mill has been replaced with oak, which is similar to the original.  

      The man who would eventually be known as Stonewall Jackson, spent much of his boyhood at Jackson’s mill. He worked on the land until he received an appointment to the US Military Academy, and later became a teacher at the Virginia Military Institute. While fighting for the Confederacy, Stonewall Jackson died in the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville.

     In 1921, the family deeded the proerty to West Virginia. Today it serves as an extension campus for West Virginia University. Today the property serves as a 4H campus, historic site, and museum. 

Have you read the latest WVAM Newsletter? Check it out for exciting news on upcoming events, and curatorial insight from our experienced board members. If you would like to request a paper copy email museumsofwv@gmail.com.