Spring Mill State Park Pioneer Village

The restored Pioneer Village is a delight as you travel through time to the 1800s.

Pioneer Village History

In the early 1800s Spring Mill Village was a bustling hub of commerce.  Stagecoaches traveling between New Albany and Terre Haute, Indiana used to stop here overnight.  However, by the 1850s railroad lines had been built through the nearby town of Mitchell, and the popularity of Spring Mill began to wane.

Pioneer Village Restored

Spring Mill Village was originally founded in 1814.  The majority of village restoration work was completed in the late 1920s and 1930s, primarily with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The restored Pioneer Village, with its massive water-powered grist mill, and representation of pioneer tradecrafts and occupations, offers a unique chance to step back in time.  There are 20 historic buildings to explore.  The centerpiece is a 3-story limestone gristmill, built in 1817, that still grinds cornmeal today.  In season, park heritage interpreters in period dress portray the year 1863, demonstrating period crafts and recreating daily village life.

Hours of Operation

Open 9 am – 5 pm daily from May thru mid-October.  Additional days and times as posted.

No pets allowed in Pioneer Village.

Map of Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park

More About Pioneer Village

Stories & Structures

Learn more about Pioneer Village with the PDF "Bringing Back Spring Mill: Stories and Structures".

Village Life in 1863

Discover what the village was once like in the PDF "1863: Stepping Back Into Spring Mill Village".

Village Web Cam

See Pioneer Village in action via the live web cam that is mounted to the top of the Grist Mill.