Hugging the banks of North Ore Creek, Parshallville Cider Mill is one of the few remaining water-powered mills in Michigan. The family-owned, Fenton business sells freshly-pressed cider, apples, doughnuts, and pies. All the baked goods are homemade. The store carries a wide variety of locally-sourced products, including bread, honey, maple syrup, fruit butter, and preserves. The mill is open daily from Labor Day weekend through mid-November from 9am to 6pm. Sundays feature live music from 1pm-4pm.
The mill is a Michigan historic landmark with a fascinating past. Isaac Parshall trekked from New York, seeking the best site for a flour mill. He scouted the land along Ore Creek and found it to be ideal. The original mill was built in 1869. Nine years later, it was purchased by the Walkers and converted to a grist mill for animal feed. You can still see the grains listed on the mill wall in Tom Walker's handwriting! In 1968, the Richards bought the mill and used it to make cider. Since then, the mill has enjoyed statewide fame and favor.
Three types of tours are offered, available by reservation. The "Mill Tour" displays the original cider press and tools. You'll learn the old-fashioned process of cider-making. The tour also demonstrates doughnut preparation and includes a taste of freshly-pressed cider. On the "Seed to Cider Tour," you'll learn about the varieties of apples used and get to sample a few. Some heirloom breeds hail back to the 1600s! This tour explains cider-making and other foods sourced from Michigan apples, such as pie and apple butter. At the tour's end, you'll be served a delectable doughnut and delicious cider. The "Pie-Making" Tour takes you into the Pie Shop, where you'll make a three-inch pie to take home.
Every day at the cider mill is considered "Family Day." Visitors are warmly greeted by the cheerful, friendly staff. Take the enchanting footpath, and meander along the murmuring stream. Feast your eyes on the colorful trees, dressed in autumn splendor. A visit to Parshallville Cider Mill is a taste of paradise.