Mills showcase doors to Indiana’s agricultural past and on this journey, a good place to start is Enlow’s Mill in Jasper where Tom Lincoln and his son, Abe, made the all-day journey from their home in Spencer County–some 17 miles–for their corn and wheat to be ground. It was a time, fortunately, also for gossiping with other farmers and passing around a jug of corn liquor.
We’re betting the tales got even wilder as the day grew long.
Mills such as those in Bridgeton and Mansfield in Parke County and the three-story 1845 Adams Mill on Wildcat Creek near Lafayette) just a stone’s throw from Adams Covered Bridge, are a tw0-fer for those who love historic rural architecture. Other such places include the charming village of Roann, preservationists have refurbished both the wooden covered bridge that spans the Eel River but also the three-story Stockdale Mill.
There’s no covered bridge in Mitchell, Indiana, just an entire village from the early 1800s. Follow fast moving Hamer Creek as it rises from Hamer Cave to where it powers a large grist mill located in the Spring Mill Pioneer Village, in Spring Mill State Park just outside of Mitchell.
Metamora, an 1840s canal town which survived modernization by being forgotten, boasts a busy 1845 working mill. Beck’s Mill, built in 1816, is a hidden gem south of Salem.
Open for tours, the mill built by Squire Boone (Daniel’s brother) built in 1790 near the Ohio River is part of several spectacular attractions at Squire Boone Village and Caverns.
On the first Thursday of the month from May through October, enjoy a free cup of coffee, a talk with the miller and demonstration at Wood’s Grist Mill located in the 1,200-acre Deep River Park in Hobart.
Standing on a rise above the Little Elkhart River, Indiana’s older continuously operating Bonneyville Mill has been in business since 1832.
The 1850s era mill in Story near Nashville, Indiana is now an event space on the ground level floor with a lovely room upstairs for overnight guests.
Charles Mill in Marion began life as a sawmill in 1836 and now houses the Mill Restaurant. The Yountsville Mill Inn & Garden near Crawfordsville built in 1849 was once a textile mill and now is a B&B with garden trails and kayaking.
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