Earlier in the spring, while visiting nearby cascades along Flatwoods Run, I came upon the historic Fidler’s Mill in the unincorporated community of Arlington, West Virginia. Scrambling down onto large boulders, the gray clapboard, and board-and-batten-sided mill bracketed a wide 10-foot-high cascade along the Little Kanawha River.
The mill was constructed c. 1821 by Daniel Peck and acquired by William Fidler in 1847 who then enlarged operations. It was operated either by the Fidler family or the Wilson families until 1978 before later being turned over to the Southern Upshur County Business Association. The mill was open to the public every Saturday during the summer months in 2019 for tours, but it does not appear to have reopened because of the COVID pandemic.