Roaming West Virginia: Upshur County

Roaming West Virginia

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – If you spent some time in Upshur County, you would find a lot of things to do.

There are restaurants for wining and dining, antique stores for unique shopping experiences and art galleries featuring local artists.

If being outdoors is your thing, the West Virginia Wildlife Center will surprise you.  It an opportunity to get up close that you won’t find anywhere else.  Woodland wildlife can be viewed along a wheelchair-accessible interpretive trail of more than a mile through a mature hardwood forest.

The wildlife center is perfect for a family outing, and if you stop by on Groundhog Day, say “hello” to French Creek Freddie.

The Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park is well known, but Fidler’s Mill in the small town of Arlington in Upshur County might just rival it for photo opportunities.

First built in 1821 by Daniel Peck, the original mill was a small structure built on four posts along the Little Kanawha River.

William Fidler then purchased the mill in the 1840s, along with a 200 acre farm, and it remained in the Fidler family for most of the next 140 years.

Fidler’s Mill is a little off the beaten path, but it is well worth the extra effort.  The mill is in a beautiful setting and is photogenic any time of the year, so take your camera.

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