Bondsville Mill Park Committee

The Bondsville Mill Park Committee invites you to take a fascinating walk through East Brandywine Township’s newest addition to our local park system, Bondsville Mill Park. It’s close by and easy to find. From Route 322, follow Bondsville Road past the Fire Hall, then take your first left turn to remain on Bondsville Road. You will see a parking area just a short drive further on the left side of the road (1647 Bondsville Road).
The Bondsville Mill Park Committee not only advises the Board of Supervisors on the development of this 47 acre parcel into a space for passive recreation, preserving nature, and a historic site--the construction sub-committee actually performs much of the work themselves!  Additional volunteers are needed for construction and trail building help. No experience is necessary, and you can work when you can one morning per week.  Please contact Luke Reven at the Township for more information.

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.  The park offers a ¼ mile compacted gravel loop trail around the mill buildings and along Beaver Creek. There is also a nature trail up to the water tower and a loop to the north of the property through old spruce, maple and oak forest, which total ¾ mile in length.
History
There have been grist mills on the site of what is now Bondsville Mill Park since the 1700s, but the woolen mill we see the remains of today was established sometime early in the 1800s. Abraham Bond, believed to be the third owner of the mill, opened Bond Woolen Factory producing Kentucky Jeans and established the factory village of Bondsville.

The mill was originally water powered using a water wheel which was driven by water fed from Beaver Creek into the mill race behind the buildings. As new technologies were developed the mill was powered by steam and finally electricity. You can see this evolution in the buildings that are still standing and the large concrete pad which was the factory floor up to the end of production.

During the Civil war the mill produced uniforms for the Union soldiers. The Collins & Aikman Corporation purchased the property in 1927 and produced automobile upholstery cloth. During WWII, the mill produced various products for the military including fabric for Air Force jacket lining.  After the war, the mill produced men’s and women’s wear fabrics, as well as their “Candalon” brand of woven nylon which was used in automobile upholstery. In time, the corporation closed the mill and the site fell into disrepair.

East Brandywine Township acquired the mill in 2005 using open space funds and work to cleaning up the property and making the collapsed buildings safe has been ongoing by a dedicated group of volunteers ever since.  While the park opened to the public in 2015, work to expand the trails network and further stabilize the structures is ongoing.

Members

  1. Chairman
    James Buczala
    Vice-Chair / Secretary-Treasurer
    Hudson Voltz
    Bud Bruton
    Eleanor Buczala
    David Culp
    Doug Freeman
    Arne Jensen
    Jim Ladrew
    Roger Lauer
    Charlie Lindsay
    Sandy Moser
    Ian Plane
    Kyle Scribner
    Thomas Scurto-Davis
    Charles Stone