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Bondsville Mill Park

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Features

  1. Historic Resource
  2. Nature Preserve
  3. Unpaved Walking Trail
Take a walk through East Brandywine Township's beautiful landscape and learn about the region's early industrial history at our newest addition to the local park system, Bondsville Mill Park. East Brandywine Township acquired the site in 2004 using Open Space Funds. Since then, work to develop the park as passive recreation area and historic site has been ongoing by a dedicated group of volunteers. Work is ongoing, but the park is now open to the public.

While the ruins of the various mill buildings are fenced off for safety, visitors can get close enough to see the detail of the remaining infrastructure. The park further offers a ¼ mile compacted gravel loop trail around the buildings and along beautiful Beaver Creek. There is also a nature trail up to the water tower and a loop to the north of the property through old spruce, maple and oak forest, which totals ¾ mile in length.

A brief history of the site:
  • Several grist mills were on or near this site since the 1800's.
  • In 1842, Abraham Bond purchased the mill and converted it to a textile factory, producing Kentucky Jeans and establishing the small factory village of Bondsville.
  • In 1848, William D. MacFarland purchased the mill and during the Civil War produced uniforms for Union soldiers.
  • By 1870 the mill was powered by both water and steam.
  • In 1927, the Collins & Aikman Corporation purchased the property and produced automobile upholstery cloth. They devoted "virtually all" efforts to supplying materials for the armed forces during WWII.
  • After WWII, the mill produced a variety of textiles. In 1960, production stopped and the facility was used as a warehouse. It finally closed in 1965 as it fell into disrepair and some of the buildings collapsed.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the park, but advised to stay clear of all buildings and marked areas. No bicycles, ATVs, hunting or trapping are allowed, and dogs must be leashed.

Bondsville Mill Park Map
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