Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One of Twenty-Five

McConnells Mill State Park
McConnells Mill State Park is a 2,546 acres Pennsylvania state park in the United States. The park features a deep scenic gorge with the restored watermill and a covered bridge at the bottom, accessible by a roadway that winds between large, room-sized boulders on the hillside. McConnells Mill State Park is along the Slippery Rock Creek.
McConnells Mill State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".

Daniel Kennedy opened a gristmill on Slippery Rock Creek in 1852. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1868 and was quickly rebuilt. Ownership of the mill was transferred to the park's namesake, Thomas McConnell in 1875. He replaced the waterwheel with water turbines and the grindstones with rolling mills. This made McConnell's Mill one of the first rolling mills in the country. The mill processed oats, corn, buckwheat and wheat until it was closed in 1928. 

Covered bridge
The McConnell's Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1874. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 It is a Howe truss bridge. 

Just for fun (I didn't take this photo)
My paternal grandparents are in this photo circa 1900
at the mill for a picnic with friends. 



  1. What wonderful sights Gayle. I'm heading to Belmont, Ohio next mouth to see some Mail Pouch Barns and will be headed south on I-79, I should plan a side trip. Thanks for sharing these Pennsylvania treasures, I hope that you have more up your sleeve.

    1. See my Trees & Bushes post today for more. It may influence your decision to visit the park.

    2. I'll be stopping by for a day...looks like a great place.

  2. oh what a great place but i especially love the old pic with your grandparents enjoying the day at the mill! i had to lol that you didn't take the picture :)

  3. Looks like a lovely spot. Reminds me of Babcock State Park in WV.

  4. Oh i wish I had known of this earlier when we were on vacation to the States! This is just wonderful and something i love to find!

  5. What a smashing post - such gorgeous scenes and clear captures. Plus your ancestors.

  6. I adored seeing the mill and the covered bridge. How sweet to have this photo and know the mill was part of your family history! Wonderful post!


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