‘Can-Do’ Immaculata Students Dedicate Community Service Time at Historic, 22-Acre Mill in Chester Springs

The Mill at Anselma
Image via the Mill at Anselma.
The Mill at Anselma.

This past Saturday, students from Immaculata University worked at the Mill at Anselma in Chester Springs cleaning the Red Barn Visitors Center and the miller’s home inside and outside. Now, the windows are gleaming; they pressured washed the bridge, and even did some pruning and gardening.

“We are extremely pleased these students began their lifelong service with our 275-year-old National Historic Landmark,” said Dave Rollenhagen, the Miller.

The group of young people were under the guidance of Sister Rose Mulligan, IHM, and seemed to be happy offering their day of community service to the Mill. They also had the opportunity to take a tour and asked many questions regarding the history of the Mill. 

“It was an enthusiastic, motivated, cheerful and very pleasant to be with group of people who arrived from Immaculata.” said Mill guide Walt Homan. “They all had an attitude of can-do, will-do, and glad-to-do.  They got a lot done, and the Mill has benefitted from their donated time.” 

Nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, the Mill at Anselma is an extraordinary historic site demonstrating over 275 years of Chester County’s industrial history. The Mill retains its original Colonial-Era mechanisms, as well as multiple layers of industrial equipment ranging from the late 1700s to the mid-1900s. 

The 22-acre property and surviving historical buildings demonstrate a heritage engineered to last. It is open to the public and hosts educational and entertaining events. 

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