In Which I visit Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park turns 100 years old this year.  The park is located just east of Mitchell on Hwy 60 and is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Indiana.

The Gristmill still grinds cornmeal today 
Stone Wheels for Grinding Corn

The park has more than 1,300 acres. Historical treasures include a restored pioneer village that was founded in 1814, a gristmill built in 1817, Spring Mill Inn and the Grissom Memorial.  The Grissom Memorial honors Hoosier astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and America's second man in space. A Nature Center features exhibits on the cultural and natural history

Spring Mill offers recreational amenities including fishing and boating, nature trails, camping, hiking and biking.

Civilian Conservation Corp

The Majority of the village was restored in the late 1920's and early 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp, also known as the CCC Boys.  My adopted humans, David and Shirley, both had uncles who were members of the CCC and worked at Spring Mill State Park and other projects in Indiana.

One of our first stops was the Weaver's Shop.  The resident weaver has demonstrated her craft in the Pioneer Village for 37 years.  Her handwoven items are available in the gift shop.

The Weaver's Shop

I wondered if perhaps one of  my Hoosier ancestors could have been born in the wood shop

The Wood Shop

The Wood Shop

Some photos of my day.

A Doll Head Stove.  Yikes!  Fire is not my friend.

Hitty Size Doll Furniture

The John Allen House

This is a video of the water that flows from a natural spring in Hamer Cave.  It flows over the Mill Dam and powers the Gristmill.

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1 comment:

jenann said...

Oooh - I wish you could have tried out that gorgeous Hitty-sized furniture!
What a wonderful place to visit, thank you for sharing with us.
Mary and Roberta Not-Quite-Hitty

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