Submitted by Hitty Gale
The Spring Mill State Park is located just East of Mitchell Indiana on Hwy 60. It turned 100 years old in 2016 and is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Indiana
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.
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.
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.