Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Lights at Clifton Mill

~Picture courtesy of photographer Art Arthur~
Ooo, Jerry and I visited the light show at the historic Clifton Mill for the first time! Our initial attempt was several years ago with some friends - we ended up in a line of cars backed up on Route 343 dang near to Yellow Springs! We decided to turn around and go to dinner instead. Needless to say, Clifton Mill is one of Ohio's most popular destinations for Yule-tide cheer, and no wonder! It's dazzling!

Clifton Mill is located in Greene County, Ohio, and sits on the Little Miami River just east of Clifton Gorge in John Bryan State Park. The mill was built in 1802 by miller Owen Davis, who chose the site to take full advantage of the water power spilling from the gorge. Over the succeeding 170 years, the old mill changed owners many hands over, until 1987, when it was bought by the Satarino family and carefully restored. Today, the mill houses several small museums, including an impressive collection of more than 300 flour bags from historic mills around the United States. Clifton Mill's Christmas lights display began in 1988 with just 100,000 lights - today, more than 3.6 million lights cover the mill, its surrounding buildings, and the cliffs overlooking the Little Miami River.

The Lights of Clifton Mill


The Miniature Village 

The Santa Museum

The Toy Collection

A frozen me (and my very red nose)!

And, a wonderful musical light show on the covered bridge:

Blessings and Happy Holidays! May this Season bring you love, peace, and cheer!

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