Stroll Into History
The path from the parking lot at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site leads to the porch of the General Store. This late 19th century building once stood across Colvin Run Road from the mill. Storekeeper Mark Cockrill stocked general merchandise for the Colvin Run farming community and mill patrons.
Examples of merchandise sold in the store from the 1890s to the 1940s are displayed on the tops of shelves and hang from the ceiling. The general store remains a mercantile establishment, selling grain ground at the mill, "penny" candy and sundries.
Explore the Park's Buildings and Garden
There is a garden on the east side of the house. It’s a nice place to sit, relax, and enjoy the calm of flowers for a few minutes.
Further down the gravel path is the mill. Nearby are the remains of a great white oak tree that fell during a summer storm. White oak was used for the framework of the mill, its axles, and the gear faces.
Burr stones line a hillside along the path near the mill. These premium grinding stones were imported from France and were a major investment for the miller. A good set of burr stones would last up to 100 years, sometimes outlasting the mill. These stones displayed at Colvin Run came from various sites.
Archaeology Supports Faithful Site Interpretation
The nearby mill pond is home to ducks, geese and the occasional heron. At the farthest end of the pond, the mill race flows through a tunnel under Colvin Run Road and returns to Difficult Run.