Lanterman’s Mill is a 172-year-old grist mill located in Youngstown, Ohio. It is one of Mahoning county’s most historic landmarks. The mill was built between 1845-1846 by German Lanterman & Samuel Kimberly. There were two other mills previously on the same site; both of which were washed away by the river during storms. Lanterman’s Mill was constructed on a 45-foot-high base made of large sandstone blocks to prevent it from washing away like the others. The waterfall, which flows next to the mill is a natural 23-foot waterfall, named Lanterman’s Falls after the mill. The mill would grind wheat, corn & buckwheat into different flours, operating until 1888. After the mill was closed, it stood in a state of disrepair until purchased by the Park in 1892. Over many years following, the building served as a ballroom, nature museum and concession stand. It wasn’t until 1982 when the park received a $600,000 donation from Florence and Ward Beecher, that the facility was painstakingly renovated back to its original state. Since the renovations, the mill operates just as it would have in the 1800’s. You can tour the building, and step back in time to see firsthand how flour would have been made when the mill was built. There is also a gift shop, where you can purchase the artisan flour created at the mill to take home with you.
The park itself is part of Mill Creek Metroparks, and offers some stunning walking trails through the forest, alongside the river. The park even features a beautiful covered bridge that mimics a bridge that would have originally been on the site, used by horse and buggies to get flour from the mill in the 1800s.
The walking trails in the park provide an incredible stroll through some of the best Ohio nature. The boardwalk trail carries you right between sandstone cliffs and a wonderful flowing creek.
If you find yourself in the Youngstown, Ohio area this park is a must see.
the park is located at:
1001 Canfield Rd. (SR 62)
Youngstown, OH 44511
The park itself is free, but the mill charges a small fee to enter
Children under 6: free
Students 6 – 18: $0.75
Seniors 60+: $0.75
Mahoning County Resident: $1.00
The Mill is open from April – November but the park itself is open all year round.
April & November
Saturday & Sunday only, Noon – 4 PM
May through October
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Closed Monday