The Nicholas County Historic Landmark Commission, Chaired by Ray Moeller, applied for and received an $8,000 Survey & Planning grant from the State Historic Preservation Office. This grant requires a 40% match and will enable the Nicholas County Historic Landmark Commission (NCHLC) to secure structural assessment, prioritization of activity, site planning, conceptual rendering, and budget planning for the last standing grist mill in Nicholas County. The Beaver Mill was constructed circa 1852 in the community of Beaver which lies just a mile below Craigsville. Beaver was a key early stop on the original primary road between Summersville and Greenbrier County.
The mill lies in a cozy park-like setting along Beaver Creek and will be ideal for development as a sustainable, interpretive heritage tourism asset. Right now the NCHLC simply hopes to utilize the results from the SHPO grant to develop a preservation and development strategy, which could then be utilized to promote fundraising. The 2.5 acre mill property is owned by the Nicholas County Building Commission and includes all of the former raceways that fed the mill operation.
This is an exciting opportunity to combine historic preservation, heritage tourism and community development. The assessment and additional items will be completed by the summer of 2016.