London, Kentucky: Library of Mountain Millstones

The largest collection of old millstones in the U.S.

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.
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Library of Mountain Millstones. Library of Mountain Millstones

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]

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