the working mill at Babcock State Park in Fayette County, West Virginia. This is one of the few parks we had not visited so when we found ourselves so close by at Clifftop, we had to make time to visit, if only briefly. We stayed longer than we intended but not nearly as long as we wanted.
Inside the mill, the working parts are impressive for their size, simplicity and at the same time intricacy of detail. The wood gears, stone wheel, big belts and pulleys all know their job and perform it regularly, grinding corn for visitors.
On the second floor of the mill, a barrel carved out of the whole trunk of a sycamore tree bears testimony to the skill and patience of early craftsmen. Although its bottom is gone, the barrel is still an impressive sight.
A winnowing machine on the second floor did not appear to be in use. How winnowing works: a hand crank turns a fan inside that blows the chaff away from seed, allowing the cleaned seed to drop through a screen and then be ready to grind. That's the basics, anyway.
A small window looks out from the third floor of the mill. We clambered all the way up, vertigo be damned. I wanted to see what was up there? And what was there to see? Nothing except this view from the window, breathtaking in more ways than one. With vertigo, going down is the tricky part. Larry went ahead of me so that I could not see down the stairs (no handrail, of course) and that worked.
More pics of Babcock tomorrow. A place to visit again? Absolutely. We only had a very short amount of time to spend at the park, but it was worth every minute.