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Mansfield Roller Mill State Historical Site, Mansfield

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The Mansfield Roller Mill or Mansfield Mill is a that was built in Mansfield, Indiana, United States by James Kelsey and Francis Dickson in 1820; it has always run on water power from Big Racoon Creek. The original mill was a 30ft by 30ft log building.
According to legend, glacial stones from a nearby farm were used for grinding. In the mid-19th century a sash saw mill and a carding mill were added to the grist mill. The mill is a state historic site still in operation. The Mansfield Roller Mill now runs by water turbine engines.
Between 1973 and 1978 Tex Kelly "The Bad Man of the movies" purchased the Mansfield Roller Mill and several other buildings and attempt to fulfill his dream of turning the town into Frontier City. His efforts failed and in 1979, Tex and Isabel returned to Tex's hometown of Coxville, Indiana and opened "Tex's Longhorn Tavern".
Owners Jack & Shirley Dalton and Frank & Sharon Hutcheson donated the mill to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Museums and Historic Sites in 1995.
The Mansfield Roller Mill is located at the corner of Mansfield Rd. and Big Raccoon Creek in Mansfield IN 47872, just southeast of Rockville, Indiana.
Mansfield Road is now called by several names depending on the map date: Country Road-37 Green Castle RoadEast 700 South
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  • We were in town for the Covered Bridge Festival and wandered around the mill. It is in excellent condition and very interesting. The festival is not the ideal time to visit if photos are your... 
    We were in town for the Covered Bridge Festival and wandered around the mill. It is in excellent condition and very interesting. The festival is not the ideal time to visit if photos are your...  more »
  • When the mill is open you can go inside and see how things operate. There is a small waterfall there. The grounds are well kept and the covered bridge is one you can still drive across. It's a great.....  more
    When the mill is open you can go inside and see how things operate. There is a small waterfall there. The grounds are well kept and the covered bridge is one you can still drive across. It's a great.....  more »
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  • Very fun time at the Covered Bridge festival. The Covered Bridge itself is always an amazing site.
  • A very peaceful and beautiful place to visit. It's never crowded here.

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