Open from dawn to dusk, Bondsville Mill Park – located on Bondsville Road along Beaver Creek, near the township’s southern border with Caln Township – provides two miles of walking trails where you can experience wildlife in its natural habitat.
The park has been open to the public since 2014. The township acquired the property in 2005, began development in 2006, and has steadily made dramatic strides in both its appearance and utility, primarily through the constant and steady dedication of volunteers with oversight from the Bondsville Mill Park Committee and financial support from the township for materials.
The natural area wraps around the historic Bondsville Mill, which was operated as a textile mill from 1841 through the 1950s. During its operation, the source of power transitioned from water from Beaver Creek to steam to electric. The products produced at the mill reached far and wide and ranged from material for Civil War uniforms, blue jeans for top brands of the day, automobile upholstery cloth, and more.
While the mill ruins are fenced off and too dangerous for hands-on exploring, visitors can get within just several feet of the mill and see all the detail of the remaining infrastructure.
Take a fascinating walk through East Brandywine Township’s newest addition to our local park system. The address is 1647 Bondsville Road in Downingtown.
The Bondsville Mill Park Committee can always use more help, including activities related to building stabilization, trail maintenance, gardening, fundraising, and marketing.
Click here to learn more information about volunteering or to make a donation. Your contribution is vital to bringing to full fruition the goals of providing an educational experience on the heritage of the regional mill industry and the local natural environment for current and future generations.