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Visit Spring Mill State Park’s Pioneer Village – Indiana Travel

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Spring Mill State Park, Indiana

Spring Millphoto credit: stateparks.com

If you’re traveling in Indiana, live there, or are just passing through I highly recommend visiting Spring Mill State Park! It’s one of my favorite places to visit with family year after year! It’s located south of Bloomington, about 3 miles east of a small town called Mitchell on Indiana Highway 60.

Spring Mill offers so many really cool things from caves to an industrial pioneer village from the early 1800’s. Pioneer businesses took advantage of the constant water source there that never froze and used it to power gristmills, a wool mill, saw and distillery. Around 20 buildings are all still there and you can visit each and every one. From the church (where Sunday morning service is still held) to old homes, the gristmill, and even the apothecary building. It’s the coolest thing ever to visit these primitive buildings. You can still buy fresh cornmeal that’s made right there at the gristmill and you can watch the grinding in action.

It’s such a fun and educational experience for kids. To see the folks dressed up running the mills, spinning wool, woodworking…it’s just a phenomenal experience!

Here are all of the fun things to do at Spring Mill State Park –

 

Spring MillPhoto credit: Mitchell-In.gov

Pioneer Village
Open Daily from May thru mid-October, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additional days and times as posted.

Nature Center
Open Daily from March thru October, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Nature Nook
Open Daily from mid-November thru February, Staffed Hours Vary

 

 

Spring Millphoto credit: Collectspace.com

Grissom Memorial
Open Daily Year-Round, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

This memorial museum is in honor of Indiana’s own Virgil Gus Grissom, one of 7 Mercury astronauts and America’s second man in space!!!! Virgil Gus Grissom was from Mitchell and that’s why his memorial is here at the Spring Mill State Park. The memorial tells about his life and his part in the space program. You’ll find his space suit on display, one of the capsules he flew in, and other artifacts.

Twin Caves Boat Tours
Open Daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru mid-August, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open Weekends from mid-August thru mid-October, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Besides these activities, you can also go hiking or biking along their trails, go camping or stay at the Inn if you prefer. They also have a public swimming pool, shelters and picnic areas, hayrides and a fun campstore. If you ever decide to stop through, leave us a comment! We’d love to hear what your family thought of the park!!

Jenni

Topic – Spring Mill State Park, Indiana

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June - 9 months ago Reply

Would like to know about more of this place and places to stay

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