Plan Your Visit
Come and enjoy a day at The Mill at Anselma. The Mill has a Visitor Center that is equipped with restrooms and a gift shop with books, apparel, and our fabulous stone-ground flour and cornmeal and other products. Outside of the Visitors’ Center, an outdoor picnic area is available for your enjoyment. Once a month we also have a milling demonstration and trades and craftspeople who will show you how things were made in earlier times.
The Mill is wheelchair accessible, but because of the historic nature of The Mill’s landscape, there are areas with difficult terrain. Please call in advance for further information.
May 4 through December 15 - Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday, 1-4pm
$4 Seniors (60+)
$3 Children (4-17)
Active Military, Members, and Children under 4 get in FREE!
|Directions: The Mill at Anselma is located on Rt. 401 (Conestoga Road),
½ mile west of Rt. 113 in Chester Springs.
From I-76: Take Rt. 202 South to Rt. 401 West. Follow Rt. 401 West for five miles. Cross over Rt. 113 and continue ½ mile. The Mill’s entrance is on your left.
From PA Turnpike (I-276): Downingtown Exit: Take Rt. 100 South for approximately one mile to Rt. 113 North. Follow Rt. 113 North and turn left onto Rt. 401 West. Follow for ½ mile. The Mill’s entrance is on your left.
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2013 Milling Demonstration Days
Demonstrations days at The Mill highlight the working 18th century grist mill and craft or food demonstrations.
May 11: Technology Tours with Miller Dave Rollenhagen
June 8: The Nature of Things
July 13: Old Fashioned Ice Cream Making
August 10: Blacksmithing
September 14: Technology Tours with Miller Dave Rollenhagen
October 12: Apple Cider Pressing
November 9: 300 Years of Baking
December 7: Holiday Festival includes evening Candlelight Tours
The Mill at Anselma strives to provide visitors of all ages with a fun, hands-on educational experience. This c. 1747 grist mill has witnessed the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and many other historical highs and lows in its 250+ years. We have chosen to represent the site as it evolved over the years, rather than restore it to one particular period, to give visitors a better understanding of change over time. Please click here for “General Guidelines for Group Tours.”
We offer many opportunities for students and groups to explore the past beyond our traditional site tours. We encourage our visitors to experience the Mill through taste, touch, sight, smell and sound, and offer a variety of programs that suitable for history, economics, science and English curricula.
"Pancakes, Pancakes” Program
Pre-K - First Grade
This program gives students a basic understanding of where food—in this case flour and cornmeal—comes from. Students enjoy a tour of the grist mill, where they can help the miller shell corn, grind the grains, and sift the flour. Then the students help Mill staff bake cornbread with the newly ground cornmeal, after a reading from the Eric Carle book “Pancakes, Pancakes,” which tells the story of how the food we eat every day makes the journey from the field to the table. This program is best experienced as a milling tour.
“Run of the Mill” Program
Grades 1 - 8
In this program, students will learn a brief history of agriculture in Chester County, and how technological advances like railroads affected farming in this area. Students will identify different kinds of grains, including wheat, corn, rye and barley, and will learn where they are grown and used today. They will then have the opportunity to help Mill staff harvest, thresh and winnow wheat, and a tour of the grist mill will follow. This tour is available in both milling and non-milling versions.
If your school or group are interested in more information regarding The Mill’s educational programs, please call (610) 827-1906 or email email@example.com. The Mill at Anselma offers both milling and non-milling tours. A milling tour, in which the grist mill is running and producing cornmeal, requires an additional $50.00 to cover the cost of grain. The per-person admission fee for any specially-arranged group tour, regardless of age, is $4.00. If you have any questions about whether a milling or non-milling tour is best for you, please call our office and we would be happy to help.
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Green Valleys Association
Green Valleys Association (GVA) is the only watershed association in Northern Chester County devoted to the protection of water quality and quantity. Our stewardship area encompasses 155 square miles of watershed ground that contains the five watersheds of Stony Run, and Valley, Pickering, French, and Pigeon Creeks.
Historic Yellow Springs
The mission of Historic Yellow Springs is to share, preserve, and celebrate the unique living village of Yellow Springs. Focusing on history, culture and the environment, Historic Yellow Springs (HYS) enriches the lives of all who come here.
Milky Way Farm and Chester Springs Creamery
This family-owned and operated dairy farm offers tours that include interaction with their animals, crops and machinery, emphasizing an understanding of farming as a way of life. After your tour, stop by the Creamery for a taste of their delicious ice cream!
Other nearby attractions, restaurants and lodging can be found at:
Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area
Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau
Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau
Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Exton Region Chamber of Commerce
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