Priest Mill

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Priest Mill
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Priest Mill is located in West Virginia
Priest Mill
Priest Mill is located in the US
Priest Mill
Location Off US 220, near Low-Water Bridge, near Franklin, West Virginia
Coordinates 38°38′22″N 79°19′50″W / 38.63944°N 79.33056°W / 38.63944; -79.33056Coordinates: 38°38′22″N 79°19′50″W / 38.63944°N 79.33056°W / 38.63944; -79.33056
Area 2.9 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1900
NRHP Reference # 00000250[1]
Added to NRHP April 4, 2000

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.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Shirley A Budris (October 1999). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Priest Mill" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-09-01.