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The Old Emlenton Mill – Re-Opening April 27th

April 24, 2013


The Old Emlenton Mill – Re-Opening April 27th

            The Old Emlenton Mill is one of the MUST –SEE stops in Emlenton.  The historic grain mill was part of the Oil Boom of the 19th century. Its steam engine drew natural gas from a gas well on Main Street, and the water was piped in from a spring on Hill Street.  The Mill operated as a gristmill for one hundred years, from 1875 through 1975.  The Mill, in its glory days was so efficient that trains brought the grain from the Mid-West to be ground into flour and returned to the Midwest. The Mill has been recognized as an historic landmark with a plaque by the Oil Region Alliance, and restoration is continuing by the Old Emlenton Mill Foundation, a non profit corporation dedicated to promoting education, history, the arts, and scenic natural surroundings of the area.



The Mill is an interesting place to visit to see a glimpse of our past heritage and is now set up as a museum.  The museum will take you through the ins and outs of how this old gristmill actually ran.  The tour highlights some of the building’s historic machines and unique features that made this gristmill one of the finest in the country. There is a small display featuring the creative uses that farmers’ wives found for empty flour sacks, including a revolving display of quilts, aprons, toys, dresses and other items. . The Old Emlenton Mill Foundation strives to fulfill our mission by offering a variety of art classes, concerts, historic lectures, artist retreats, art shows, and historic education through the new museum.



While cycling, touring, canoeing, or just summer living, you can develop a hot, thirsty, appetite. The Emlenton Mill Creamery features sixteen flavors of hand packed ice cream, sundaes, ice cream cakes for that special occasion, espresso coffee drinks, milkshakes, floats, smoothies and Panini’s.   We also host birthday parties and showers. You can enjoy your treats on the comfortable, scenic patio overlooking the Allegheny River.


The Bunkhouse, with its rustic charms and updated amenities, is modeled after European hostels.   The bunkhouse can accommodate up to 35 people on two floors with each floor having a kitchenette, two bathrooms, two showers and a private “family” room for guests who would like a bit more privacy.  Other amenities include laundry facilities and access to the game room with pool tables, ping pong, and air hockey.   Our facility is located in the heart of some great outdoor activities, like canoeing, kayaking, biking the Allegheny Bike Trail, fishing, swimming, hiking, riding Segways and so much more.   The Bunkhouse is great for retreats. In the past, the Bunkhouse has hosted boy scouts, college groups, international song writers, Red Hatters, church groups, service organizations, and even birthday parties and family reunions.


Throughout the summer, the Old Emlenton Mill Foundation features our free Saturday Night Patio Concerts on the Creamery porch over looking the Allegheny River. The concerts showcase talent from the surrounding communities. There is something for every musical taste, from jazz to country, barbershop to gospel, and pops and show tunes. You can find the schedule on the web at



Shelly’s Kountry Kollectibles opened this past November and is a unique craft store that specializes in country home décor and carries Primitives, Americana and Country Crafts.   Shelly’s Kountry Kollectibles also features independent crafters from all over the country and even England.  With Shelly’s wide variety of merchandise you will be sure you can find something for you decorating needs or the perfect gift for someone special.  For a peek at what Shelly’s Kountry Kollectibles has, go to, or better yet, come in for a visit.



Little it Deli, the newest addition to the Mill family, will open its doors on April 27th.   Little it Deli is an Italian Delicatessen and Pizzeria that will feature a menu with homemade, expressive Italian tastes.   The menu will be focused on delicatessen items such as hoagies, ciabattas, soups, salads as well as pasta dishes, pizza and calzones.  Proprietor Julie Powell has dedicated the specialties of the house to her historic Italian relatives.  She would be glad to share their stories with you. The deli will be a full service deli that will carry Italian lunchmeats and cheeses.  Take out or eat in and you can check out the menu at


The Old Emlenton Mill it located at 201 Main Street in Emlenton.  The grand re-opening is on Saturday, April 27th.  The Mill will feature the talented local band, “The Three of Us”,  that will we doing a reunion concert at 7pm on the patio.  For more information, look us up on the web at, or call 724-867-0277.

We hope to see you at the Emlenton Mill this summer!

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