27th Annual North River Mills Day         Return to home page.
A Relaxing Step Back in Time

Saturday, May 11, 2024 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Enjoy a relaxing day in this once-bustling town. In the early 1980's we had our own post office, gas station, grocery/general merchandise store. Granville Moreland's auto repair garage had not been closed long. A few families including the Millers, Crostons, Mrs. Cunningham, and others. Many are gone. But once a year we celebrate the by-gone days of this 1700s village.
Usual activities include: Old time music jam on the porch. Interpretive "hay-less" ride around the hamlet. Historical reenactors (French & Indian and Civil War.) Black smith, Rob Wolford often demonstrates the trade Rob's granddad practiced in North River Mills "back in the day". Ted Kalvitis, the antique tractor guru, and his better half, Stephanie may coordinate an art show-- "The Long Gallery" in the corn crib. Contact us if you'd like to exhibit/share something.
Hopefully we'll have steam engines and antique tractors. Randy Hiett often brings his Model T Ford and other exhibits. .
Dan Oates, author (Fort Pearsall Press, Inc.) and skilled chair caner, often sets up on the inn porch.
The church ladies have refreshments for a donation. The adjacent quiet dirt lane is a nice place for a hike.
Raven Rocks looms above the old hamlet. Docents will likely be available to lead hikes to the cold vents and the overlook on Ice Mountain (Probably 10 and 11 AM, so come early.) In 2012, Ice Mountain was declared a "National Natural Landmark."
C.C. Hall has an excellent site with info about the village: www.NorthRiverMills.org.
North River Mills was designated an "Historical Landmark", and it is listed on the National Historic Register.
If you have old photos (people or structures of the village), we would love to scan them. Often old timers come
to swap stories of North River Mills, giving the day a homecoming feel.
So if you are in the mood to enjoy a relaxing day, and maybe get a sense of a slower lifestyle,
we hope you'll stop in, and sit a spell on the porch.

8200 Cold Stream Rd. Capon Bridge, WV. North River Mills is 4 miles from Slanesville or 8 miles from Capon Bridge on the Cold Stream Road(Springfield Grade/).
"Festival Central" is the old Miller Inn, 8200 Cold Stream Rd. Capon Bridge, WV 26711
Click here for directions or email any questions to: bailessteve@yahoo.com

You can help us plan by letting us know you're coming on our Facebook event page,
and/ or "like" us on the our North River Mills Facebook page.
Bring your friends. And please help spread the word.
This is a alcohol-free, family friendly event, so bring the kids.

Charley Hall posted photos from the : 2014 North River Mills Day page.
History professor, Michael Douma came to our little hamlet in Sept. 2017, and he included an audio virtual tour on his podcast: "Introducing Hampshire County History Podcast".

Here is a slideshow from past festivals.

Here is another slideshow of North River Mills.
( Stephanie's research from 1990. (She was in 4th grade.)

View North River Mills in a larger map Here is North River Mills map