Gunpowder Falls State Park Quest - Hike Through History

Introduction to Quest

Gunpowder.JerrichoBridge.jpgExplore the historic Jerusalem Mill Village and learn about the importance of grist mill villages to Maryland residents in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Quest Information

The grounds of the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village are open sunrise to sunset. The Basic Quest is self-guided, however there are Bonus questions for families who are able to visit the Village during the living history demonstrations. The Jerusalem Mill Visitor Center (park headquarters) is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Jerusalem Mill Museum is open Monday and Friday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum, blacksmith shop, and McCourtney’s General Store are open for living history demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The quest will begin at the Mill. Extra worksheets will be located in the Visitor Center and near the front door (in case the Mill is closed). Trails can be slippery after heavy rains. Please also remember to bring insect repellent, sunblock, and water. Wear comfortable boots or shoes for hiking, and wear long-pants and long-sleeve shirts to protect yourself from ticks. The Historic Jerusalem Mill Village is a very popular destination for photographers and hikers, so high visitation is expected during weekends. Overflow parking is available in surrounding fields, depending on ground conditions. We recommend visiting the Village on weekdays or before noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Park Information

Located on the banks of the scenic Little Gunpowder Falls in Harford County, both Jerusalem Mill and the Historic Village are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally known as Lee's Merchant Mill, Jerusalem Mill was one of the important early mills in Harford County, and one of the largest in Maryland. It saw great changes in technology and economy through its two centuries of operation. The business evolved from Lee’s original merchant milling operation to a combination of services for the local farming community, outlasting most of its competitors due to the village’s variety of services, including a blacksmith shop, wheelwright, sawmill and general store with post office. Jerusalem Mill was incorporated into Gunpowder Falls State Park in 1961 and, through the immense efforts of the Friends of Jerusalem Mill, the renovated grist mill was dedicated in 1995. The Friends of Jerusalem Mill host special events throughout the year that highlight the historical importance of the Village, including a Civil War reenactment, living history demonstrations, and seasonal celebration events. The area is popular among hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, birdwatchers and photographers. The Mill, blacksmith shop and McCourtney’s General Store are accessible. Restroom facilities are located onsite.

Directions to Gunpowder Falls State Park

Gunpowder Falls State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 21087

Directions to the Quest site

From I-95 take exit 74 for Route 152 West (Mountain Road). Follow Mountain Road toward Fallston and turn left onto Jerusalem Road. Jerusalem Mill will be on your left after 1.1 miles. Parking is in the lot on the right, just before the mill.