London, Kentucky: Library of Mountain MillstonesThe largest collection of old millstones in the U.S. are arrayed along a walk to a historic mill.
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
- 998 Levi Jackson Mill Rd, London, KY
- The mill is at the entrance to Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park.
- Museum - Mem. Day - Oct. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Library of Mountain Millstones
Pretty place.[Vance Erwin, 11/05/2014]
The Mountain Life Museum part of the park features seven restored (or replica) buildings containing pioneer relics; the accumulation of so many retired millstones is unique. The park is on the site of a 1786 massacre of a camp of 24 settlers by Indians.
McHargue's Mill was built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It stands on the banks of the Little Laurel River, where it intersects with Boone's Trace, a historic pioneer road built by Daniel Boone. This authentic working reproduction mill is open and in operation Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is free. Visitors can buy fresh stone ground corn meal at $2.50 for a two-pound bag.
The most notable thing about the mill is that the paths leading up to it are lined with the "Library of Mountain Millstones," the largest collection of old millstones in the United States. A few of these are of European origin, having been brought to America by early immigrants. The stones in the mill itself date back to 1805, and were carried by wagon or ox cart over the original Wilderness Road.[J. Stephen Conn, 02/25/2006]