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Jackson's Mill Hosts Stonewall Jackson Birthday Celebration

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WVU Jackson's Mill is unique for many reasons. It is home to the first state 4H club, and General Stonewall Jackson spent his childhood there.

Jackson's Mill held a public buffet Friday night to celebrate General Stonewall Jackson's 189th birthday.

Lewis County residents hold a special place in their hearts for not only Jackson, but also for Jackson's Mill and its food.

"Mostly, it's local people that have some type of memory here, they've come up in 4H camp or they've had a conference here, and they remember the food," said Barbara Carson, who works as the food service supervisor at Jackson's Mill. "It's a chance to eat Jackson's Mill food."

That's exactly what visitors did. WVU Jackson's Mill holds public buffets frequently, but this buffet celebrated Stonewall Jackson's birthday.

"Jackson's Mill was established in the early part of the 20th century," said Linda Schmidt, a retired extension services worker at West Virginia University. "It's dedicated to the memory of General Stonewall Jackson who spent time here as a boy. It was donated to the state for use as a youth camp."

Usually, members can only eat at Jackson's Mill. The public buffet costs $12 and gives guests the chance to eat the famous Jackson's Mill food.

Most guests at the buffet could not get enough of it.

"Our main entree is the roast beef, and then we have the sides to go with it," said Carson. "Mashed potatoes, gravy, salad bar, hot rolls, which are homemade, and assorted desserts."

The reason the people at Jackson's Mill hold the celebration for General Stonewall Jackson is simple. Residents hold a special connection with Jackson and the land that his family gave to WVU.

"There are many other places in Lewis County that are also named in his honor and that part of history," said Schmidt. "But also the fact that so many people have come here to experience different events such as 4H activities over the years. Everyone in Lewis County has a relationship with Jackson's Mill."

Jackson's Mill is not only the site of the first state 4H camp but serves as a museum and a special campus for WVU and the WVU extension service.