Nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, The Mill at Anselma is an extraordinary artifact of 250 years of Chester County’s industrial heritage. Built in 1747 as a custom gristmill, the Mill retains its original Colonial-Era power train, as well as multiple layers of industrial equipment ranging from the late 1700s to the mid-1900s. The first of eight grist mills established in the Township of Pikeland, the Mill at Anselma was never the largest nor the most valuable. However, it provided a vital local flour milling service for early settlers living in Philadelphia's backcountry against the backdrop of a flourishing American grain economy in the late 18th century.
The Mill at Anselma that demonstrates through sensory experiences, the evolution of technology and the impact of change in commerce, free enterprise and transportation on American life over three centuries for schoolchildren, families, scholars, visitors and local residents.
Member Free, Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children 4-14 $3 (Or free with food donation)
On Friday evening, December 8th, from 4:30 to 6:30, lanterns and luminaries will light the buildings of The Mill at Anselma as this historic site opens to the public for special holiday tours. In addition to learning about the families that ran the mill since the 1700s and the evolution of milling technology, guests will enjoy hot cider, Christmas cookies and crafts for the children.
Admission to these tours is free to all members of The Mill at Anselma. Admission for non-members is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children 4 – 14. All children who bring in a non-perishable food item for the Chester County Food Bank will be admitted for free.
On Saturday, December 9th, Santa Clause will visit The Mill at Anselma. Children will be invited into the Mill at Anselma’s Post Office to visit with the jolly old elf and whisper their Christmas wishes. This day is also the last open day for Mill tours in 2017. The Mill will be grinding corn all day from 10 am to 4 pm. Visitors are also welcomed to shop for the holidays in the Mill at Anselma’s gift shop. Many hand-made and locally sourced items are available for purchase. Admission to the Mill at Anselma is free to all members of The Mill. Admission for non-members is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children 4 – 14.