Rock Mill Weekends – May through October 2018

Stebelton Park at Rock Mill features the historic Rock Mill and the iconic Rock Mill Covered Bridge.

Standing 90 feet above the gorge of the falls, Rock Mill stands as a testament to the rich agricultural heritage of Fairfield County, whose “fair fields” attracted so many brave pioneers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Built in 1824, Rock Mill was one of a dozen grist mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River.  The mill was in operation grinding flour and corn into wheat and meal as late at 1905.

For nearly 100 years, Rock Mill sat vacant and in disrepair.  In 2003, Robert and Rita Stebelton donated the mill to the Fairfield County Park District.  After an extensive archeological excavation, which included the discovery of the original mill stones, FCPD began labor-intensive efforts to restore the mill.  Through the combined resources of private donations, grants and government funding, much work has been accomplished.

Exterior walls and the four above-grade floors and two sub-floors have been renovated.  In September 2012, a working replica of the 26’-diameter all-wood waterwheel was crafted and installed; it is the largest of its kind in the state.  In October 2016, work began on installing the milling floor and connecting gearing.  The work on the milling floor and gears continued through the summer of 2017.  In 2017, Rock Mill ground grain again for the first time in more than 100 years!  People from all over the U.S. and beyond visited to see the mill in action.

Directions and Map

Rock Mill Park is located at 1429 Rock Mill Place NW, in Lancaster, Ohio.

From the corner of Main and Broad Streets in Lancaster, head west on Main Street.  Turn right onto Memorial Drive (US-33). Continue on Memorial Drive for about 3 miles. Turn left onto Collins Road (across from Meijer), take an immediate right onto Lithopolis Road, drive about 3 miles.  Turn left onto Rock Mill Road, then left onto Rockmill Place NW.  Stebelton Park at Rock Mill is on the left.

The parking lot is on Rockmill Pl NW, on the right before reaching the park.  It is about a 500′ walk from the lot to the park.  Drivers may pull up to the mill/bridge area to drop off passengers then go back to the lot to park.  Out of respect for our neighbors, please do not use private driveways to turn around.

Location Features

  • Rock Mill
    a stunning early nineteenth century grist mill at Hocking River falls
  • Rock Mill Covered Bridge
    the smallest yet most widely-known bridge in the county

This park is open year round; visitors are welcome during daylight hours.  Rock Mill is open for tours from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-3:00 p.m.