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The most unique parcel of land in Charleston and surrounding area.
Have your own private park!!! This property was the cover story of the state magazine in 1967 proposing that it would be made into a park. I have a copy of the magazine. It ultimately was kept in the families estate.
16 beautiful secluded acres that sits in a hollow 3/4 of a mile off the main road. There is a beautiful creek running thru property, with a picturesque waterfall. This was the site of a grist mill, which was built in the 1800's. Only some gearing and cut stone remain. The falls run into a natural "swimm'n hole" about 8ft. deep and the size of a small community pool, which freezes over during winter for ice skating! Several large rock outcroppings and overhangs to explore and to go "bouldering". Sets up well for zip line construction.
This property would be listed in waterfalls of WV books, if it were not privately owned.
Many home sites available and well suited for development, gated community B&B or private estate, retreat. A 2000 foot road was made down into the property using ti-par the whole way. Three inches of #3 stone then three inches of crusher run was put down. I made it this way in case it would ever be paved. A small hydroelectric plant could also be built that would provide enough energy to sell back to power company.
Five minutes to the largest WV airport, seven minutes to the capitol complex, and the intersection of three interstates, 64, 77, and 79. There is a man sitting right beside the top of the falls for size reference. A tree house for adults, built by Jonathan Fairoaks of Living Tree, sits in three trees overlooking the falls. House is wired for electric, there is a sleeping loft and a nice deck in front and side which affords wonderful views. Additional acreage available.
Here is the associated article that was published when the falls were on the cover of the State Magazine.
Gazette-Mail (Newspaper) - March 14, 1965, Charleston, West Virginia Falls of Mill Creek as it looks now. Photo was taken from same spot as today's cover photo. Kanawha County's Shangri-La Tranquil glen just off Rt. 14 is secret nook of rare beauty. BY JAMES A. HAUGHT Photos by Frank Wilkin and the Department of Natural Resources Secluded glen below falls is idyllic spot for picnicking. The rare photo used for today's State Magazine cover was taken by the late Mont J. Carmack in 1908, when he was paymaster for the Blue Creek Railroad. Mr. Carmack later became a charter member of the Charleston Kiwanis Club, its president in 1927 and secretary of the organization from then until his death in 1957. Of Kanawha County's quarter-milion people, only a few know of the existence of a pretty little waterfall in a secluded hollow just outside Charleston's city limits. But there's a chance the spot will become better known, because a move is afoot to make it into a small park. The "secret" spot is the old Mill Creek Falls, located on a dirt lane off W. Va. 14 just beyond Kanawha Airport.
The water of the rural stream tumbles nearly 20 feet into a pool amid looming rock formations. Further downstream, the water continues over rock chutes and flumes that fill the entire hollow. "It's a real little dream of a recreational says Richard S. Schoenberger, planning director of the Kanawha County Planning and Zoning Commission. "I'd say it's one of the most attractive natural scenic spots in the county." Schoenberger has filed a report with the State Road Commission urging that one of the scenic highways planned for West Virginia under the Aid-to-Appalachia program be routed past the falls, so a roadside park could be installed there.
"Also, I'm going to recommend to the Planning and Zoning Commission that we develop the spot as a park, one way or another he added. "If it can't be made part of a scenic highway, then perhaps it could become a day-use county site or some other park." Interest in the falls also has been expressed by state parks officials. Last year, one wrote a letter to the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission saying: "The Division of Parks and Recreation, Department of Natural Resources, considered the possibility of acquiring the old mill site on Mill Creek as a small day-use state park. "However, in general we may only obtain property which would be of sufficient attractiveness or unusual interest to all of the people of the state. While extremely beautiful, this site would be of more interest to local citizens of Charleston and Kanawha County only, and thus our division couldn't seek to obtain it. "At the same time, we felt it our duty to call this site to your attention as a possible county park since it is remarkably untouched to be so near six miles out the airport road, off a side road about a mile beyond Meadowbrook golf course.
Such natural areas are rapidly vanishing and should be preserved while there is still time." The falls haven't always been so unknown. From the 1820s through the early 20th Century, various grist mills were operated by the never-slacking cataract, and farmers from the Elk and Kanawha valleys brought corn and wheat to be ground. During the Civil War, while Charleston was occupied by Confederate troops, a squad of soldiers reportedly visited the mill, intending to commandeer the miller's horses, but he heard they were coming and hid the horses in a cave over the hill. In the 1920s and 1930s, after the last mill had been washed away by floods, the falls remained a favorite hiking and picnicking spot for Charlestonians.
Several middleaged residents today can recall outings at the falls in their youth. But when the present Mill Creek road was built, it wasn't routed along the creek all the way. It crosses a hill and bypasses the section of hollow that contains the waterfall. Thus the Mill Creek Falls gradually slipped into obscurity. The only way of reaching the spot now is a rutted dirt road, barely wide enough for a modern car, and impassable in wet weather. The present owner of the falls is Edward F. Koch of 624 Randolph St., a veteran Charleston salesman with a taste for the unspoiled outdoors. He heard about the falls in 1939 and began buying sections of land, piece by piece, until he now owns most of the hollow. Koch has hoped for years that he might be able to develop the site "into some kind of recreation center maybe with little cabins up there, or maybe as an unusual sub- division for homes." But so far, he hasn't been able to arrange the hefty financing for such a job, so he merely pays fond visits to the spot.
"I'd be interested in the state or county making a park of it if they'd really do something good with Koch said. "It's too beautiful a spot to be commercialized, or made cheap any way, or not used at all "People, when they go up there for the first time, are always telling me they can't believe such a gorgeous place is right in the edge of town and hardly anyone knows about. SUNDAY GAZETTE-MAIL
A picture of the falls also appears on the cover Nov 2019 Charleston Home & Living magazine.
- Stories: 1.5
- Square Feet: 150
- Bedrooms: 1
- Built in: 2005
- Structure Type: Farm/Land
- Lot Size: 16 Acres
- Fenced Yard
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