Fall Trip to Spring Mill Park

I have been going to Spring Mill Park since I was a young girl… We made up picnic lunches… drinks… and gathered all family who could come…

At least once a year…

We had many family reunions there…

Located in Mitchell, Indiana…

After marrying my “little family” continued to take this “day trip“… for many years…

and so when Bobby mentioned taking a ride… I was ready to go…

We had talked to an elderly couple at the VA Hospital a few weeks ago… in their late 90’s… and had been married 69 years…

She said she was from Palmyra, IN… and recommended the only little restaurant there…

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but, on our way to Mitchell we stopped to eat

It definitely was the “hang out” of this small town…

Farmers and wives… young teens… and kids were coming in and out…

I think everyone knew each other…

This told me…”the food must be good!”…

and it was…

I opted for the triple-decker club sandwich… and it was so fresh… full of thin sliced ham… turkey… bacon… tomatoes… lettuce with lots of mayo… just like I like it…

Bobby had some really good smoked ham… eggs and toast/jelly…

and he agreed… “it was really good!”…

The waitress said they had “fun” there… and I believe it…

We continued through this farming region with it’s silos… and fields being tilled and cut for next years plantings…

As we rounded the Court House in Paoli, IN… we knew we would be at the Park soon…

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The entrance was as I remembered… decorated for Halloween now…

There is a charge to get in… but, worth it…

The road meanders by the lake… picnic areas…with signs directing you to the Pioneer Village… Old Mill

The Inn where you can spend the night… and camp ground

There is also a boat ride back into the caves…

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My Bobby taking a break from walking…

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The creek winds through the park… and I remember wading when younger…

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The Pioneer buildings have been in the Park since they were refurbished back in 1920’s – 1930’…

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This young lady was taking a break from her weaving…

and was so pleasant to talk to…

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We entered many of the homes and shops to view the past brought back to life…

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We crossed the creek by the wood bridge to get to the Mill…

Cornmeal is sold inside…

We waited for the water to push the wheel around for grinding the corn…

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I am always enthralled to watch how things had to be done years before my birth…

Checkers were set up to play in the Mill…

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The sleuth channels the water to the stream…

The weather was perfect!…

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As I checked out the other buildings behind the Mill…

Walnuts fell from the trees surprising me as they bounced upon the ground around me…

There were lots of visitors enjoying the day just like us!

 

 

 

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