Markle Mill Park

Markle Mill Park                                                                                             Address: 4905 N. Mill Dam Rd., Terre Haute, IN 47805                  Total Acreage: 8.00 acres

Markle Mill Park is situated on Mill Dam Road on Otter Creek in northern Vigo County. The eight acre parcel of land was quitclaim deeded to Vigo County on July 27, 1999, by Hulman & Company. In 1816, Colonel Abraham Markle constructed a dam over Otter Creek and built a grist-sawmill. At one time a distillery sat on the site. Only the dam and remnants of the mill foundation remain. The site is a registered historic landmark. It was the desire of the Hulman-George family to have the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department serve as a caretaker of this historic property for the benefit of the community.

Much has been written and is available on the history of the site. According to history enthusiasts, the mill was the longest operating gristmill east of the Mississippi River. At one point in time, it was part of the underground railroad.

The park attracts the general public due to the waterfall over the dam. A gazebo, picnic tables, and a grill are available to visitors. The esthetic qualities of the park draw in fishermen, lunch hour clientele, history enthusiasts, neighbors, and individuals seeking a quiet place.

Markle Mill at Markle Mill Park

Located in northern Vigo County, the 8-acre parcel of land was quitclaim deeded to the county on July 27, 1999, by Hulman & Company. In 1816, Colonel Abraham Markle constructed a dam over Otter Creek and built a grist-sawmill. At one time a distillery also sat on the site. Only the dam and remnants of the mill foundation remain. The site is officially registered as an historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the desire of the Hulman-George family to have the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department serve as a caretaker of this historic property for the benefit of the community.

Markle Mill was the longest operating gristmill east of the Mississippi River. At one point in time, it was part of the underground railroad. The esthetic qualities of the park draws in fishermen, lunch hour visitors, history buffs, neighbors, and individuals seeking a quiet place.

Markle Mill Park Photos