Beaver Mill House

Background: The Beaver Mill initiative has been under consideration by the Nicholas County Historic Landmark Commission (NCHLC) for the last decade, with National Historic Register nomination in 2004 and an original site study in 2007. The Nicholas County Building Commission (NCBC) assisted in the purchase of the 2.5 acre parcel, which contains the mill building as well as the water diversions that previously powered the mill. The NCBC obtained the deed to the property as of 2011. The NCHLC had the property cleared of brush, removed trash and debris from within and outside of the mill building, and performed basic window glass replacement to weatherize the structure.

Currently: The 2.5 acre plot has been surveyed (see attached), ongoing property maintenance has been negotiated, the access road has been improved with gravel, and the Nicholas County Commission is providing insurance for the mill property. The NCHLC is working toward attaining full ownership of the property with support of both the NCBC and the County Commission.

Vision: The NCHLC seeks to provide a beautiful heritage asset for Nicholas County residents and visitors. The property and mill building lie in a cozy setting along the banks of Beaver Creek, just a mile off highway 55 in Craigsville. Ultimately, the objective is to develop a public park with interpretive walking trails, picnic facilities, accessible mill site, and if feasible, reconstruction of the raceway and original mill wheel mechanism. When the property was acquired, the County was careful to include the dam on the creek, raceway upstream entrances and downstream exit. This project will plan for reusing these assets and protecting and reusing the creek resources.

Activities: The Nicholas County Historic Landmark Commission will work with noted preservation consultant Michael Gioulis to secure the essential documentation of the current property status, preservation requirements, and viable developmental considerations for the Beaver Mill building and property. This will include formal feasibility study, structural analysis, and master plan / conceptual rendering.  These will subsequently foster the potential of engaging the community in planning and development of this heritage asset.

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