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Property Name French's Mill
Reference Number 14001056
State WV
County Hampshire
Town Augusta
Street Address Augusta-Ford Hill Rd.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/16/2014
Areas of Significance INDUSTRY, ENGINEERING
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French's Mill is locally significant under Criterion A: Industry for its association with the development of the milling industry in Augusta, Hampshire County. Under Criterion A, the period of significance begins in 1911 when the mill was reconstructed after a fire and ends in 1964, the National Register's fifty-year cutoff. French's Mill is also eligible under Criterion C: Engineering for its intact interior workings which provide an excellent glimpse into an electric-powered grist mill, powered first by a wood burning steam boiler and then an automobile battery before being converted to electricity. The period of significance under Criterion C includes the date of construction (1911).

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