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Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana

Corn is Indiana‘s claim to fame, and at Spring Mill State Park Hoosiers can watch an 1817 Gristmill that uses a water wheel to grind and produce cornmeal. Later the guests can get a taste of cornbread and cornmeal pie that’s made right there on site. That’s just one sites to see at this historical Indiana park, located in Mitchell, Indiana.

Corn milling, blacksmithing, wood working and wax dipping are just a few of the fun activities to experience at the Pioneer Village, inside Spring Mill State Park. Some activities are seasonal, so be sure to plan your day trip from Indianapolis in advance. For many visitors, Pioneer Village is the highlight of this Indiana attraction. This historical town was modeled to look like the area did during the Civil War, in the 1860s. More than 20 buildings make up the village, which includes a tavern, distillery, shoemaker, post office, carpenter and many others. The village was reconstructed mostly during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Spring Mill State Park has three caves, including the popular Twin Cave, which features half-hour tours for a small fee. Spelunking is the perfect way to spend a unique weekend with your family. The educational value of this scientific adventure makes it a great destination for Indianapolis kids.

Spring Mill Inn is located inside the park, and it welcomes guests all year round. This historic Indiana hotel was built in 1939, and today it offers 74 modern rooms. Spring Mill Inn features an indoor and outdoor pool, a full service dinging room and relaxing country decor.

Indiana history buffs can enjoy visiting Spring Mill State Park’s Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial. The site is located near the park’s main entrance, and houses several historic artifacts. Gus Grissom is a Mitchell, Indiana native who became the second American in space. Among many other artifacts, his space suit is exhibited along with a space capsule he once flew named “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial also details Grissom’s experience as one of the seven original NASA Project Mercury astronauts. Gus Grissom died on January 27, 1967 during a pre-launch test for Apollo 1. The Congressional Space Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to this former U.S. Air Force Pilot, and NASA astronaut. After visiting this historic Indiana memorial, you’ll want to check out the Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana.

Spring Mill State Park is known as a site for all seasons, and hundreds of Hoosiers visit each year. Hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking and spelunking are all very popular activities for a day trip from Indianapolis. Escape the Circle City and take the two hour drive south of Indy to visit the beautiful Spring Mill State Park.

Spring Mill State Park
Highway 60 East
Mitchell, Indiana 47446
812.849.4081
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Spring Mill Inn
Highway 60 East
Spring Mill State Park, PO Box 68
Mitchell, Indiana 47446
877.563.4371
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