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Jackson's Mill


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1/2/2010--web links corrected


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Organized in 1978, the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association is an affiliate of ABANA. We represent blacksmiths, bladesmiths, and farriers in West Virginia and its surrounding states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky. 

We publish a quarterly newsletter which keeps our membership up to date on events. The newsletter also features many metalworking tips.  

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The boyhood home of Stonewall Jackson

you may be whatever you resolve to be.  stonewall jackson

1921-2001, the 80th anniversary of Jackson's Mill--America's first 4-H camp.



In the course of 8 decades, tens of thousands of youngsters have visited Jackson's Mill for 4-H events, scouting, and the American Legion Boys/Girls State conventions.  The Mill has also grown to serve other purposes such as career education.

Operated by West Virginia University (a Morrill Land Grant institution), Jackson's Mill is now the University's Center for Lifelong Learning.



From time to time, members of the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association hold a hammer-in at the Jackson's Mill forge and blacksmith shop.  We have also conducted auctions of hand-made ironwork for the public during "West Virginia Saturday Night" programs in the historic area.  For a number of years, we have held our annual business meeting at the park.

The ABA and its members have also helped equip the blacksmith shop in the historic area.  In 2000, the Mill received a generous donation from UCAR Carbon of it's Clarksburg plant's blacksmith shop equipment.




the blaker gristmill at jacksons mill


Jackson's Mill is easily accessed from I-79 at Weston (Exit 99) or Jane Lew (Exit 106). Follow signs to US 19 and follow the park signs from there.  For information, call 1-800-287-8206. 

Links:    Jackson's Mill   Historic Area   History 

Civil War in West Virginia   Stonewall Jackson Lake/Park

Jackson image from the Stonewall Jackson House website; "You may be..." is a quotation from Seneca, the Roman Senator/Philosopher, that Jackson regarded as his motto for living.  Jackson's Mill images courtesy of West Virginia University.


Reading List

Under the Shade of the Trees: Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson's Life at Jackson's Mill, by Dennis Norman:  

This is the story of the formative years of the exceptional boy who overcame disadvantages to become the legendary Gen. Stonewall Jackson, an honored leader of men. ($10.95). Available from Mountain State Press

Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend, by James I. Robertson, Jr. 

Jim Robertson (The Stonewall Brigade) offers us the definitive Jackson biography.

950 pages, MacMillan Pub Co; (March 1997) 
ISBN: 0028646851

The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers, by John C. Waugh ("Reelecting Lincoln".)

Though the focus of the book is on the graduates of the West Point Class of 1846, Mr. Waugh lived in Clarksburg for two years while he researched the life of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and also Gen. George McClellan's movements as commander of the Army of the Potomac.  Mr. Waugh, a newspaper reporter, paints a vivid picture of the Civil War battles fought in West Virginia.  His writing is energetic and colorful. 


The Jackson Archives at Virginia Military Institute:

 Search for "Stonewall Jackson"



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