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Thomas Shepherd's Mill

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1880s. North side of High St. between Mill and Princess sts.
  • Thomas Shepherd's Mill (HABS/HAER)
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This simple, gable-roofed frame mill stands on the tall stone foundations of a much earlier structure. Its chief claim to fame is its phenomenal iron overshot waterwheel, one of the world's largest. The 40-foot-diameter wheel dates from 1891. Water from Town Run, dammed a short distance upstream, provided power. In 1941 according to the WPA guide, two millers still produced “flour and oldfashioned water and burr-ground corn meal.” The former mill now serves as a residence.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Thomas Shepherd's Mill", [Shepherdstown, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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