Sometimes you find hidden gems in your own local backyard. You have lived near these remote off the road locations for years but just never knew it was there. That’s how we feel about Mill Springs Battlefield Mill. On a recent trip to Somerset, we decided to take a few minutes and go exploring and were amazed to discover all this beauty so close to home!
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Discover the Mill Springs Battlefield Mill
We’ve done the first 8 stops on the Mill Springs Batttlefield Driving Tour and explored the Visitors Center and Museum, but this was our first time to finish the driving tour and explore stops 9 & 10.
Don’t miss the short walk over to Stop #10, the West-Metcalfe House.
Stop #10: West-Metcalfe House: The West-Metcalfe House was built in 1799 and is the first brick house in this part of Kentucky. The house served as Zollicoffer’s first headquarters in this area. When the Confederates moved their headquarters to the Brown-Lanier House, this house was converted into a hospital.
There is plenty of parking and an easy walk over to the overlook before you begin the walk down to the working gristmill.
There is a gift shop that is open during season. But even when it is not open, this is a beautiful place to explore.
There are quite a few steps down to the different overlooks but there are plenty of benches to rest along the way if you need them.
Looking for a little more adventure? Take the sidewalk/steps down to the water’s edge for an even more beautiful view. Just imagine how pretty this is going to be once the leaves all come back in.
This are was occupied by the Confederate Army from mid-November 1861 until Jan. 20, 1862. Mill Springs served as General Zollicoffer’s headquarters before moving across the river to Beech Grove. Mill Springs features the historic Brown-Lanier House and the restored working grist mill. The Brown-Lanier House is a two-story farmhouse built prior to the Civil War and the traditional home of the families operating the mill. The house was headquarters for three of the generals associated with the Battle of Mill Springs.
The Driving Tour is free but there is a donation box available to help support the preservation of this amazing place.
Find Mill Springs Battlefield and Driving Tour
Nancy, KY 42544
Have you explored Mill Springs Battlefield and taken the driving tour? What is your favorite stop?