Share our heritage | Spring Mills carriage ride

Spring Mills carriage ride around 1921 or 1922.
Spring Mills carriage ride around 1921 or 1922. Photo provided

Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Jeff Manley.

Manley wrote: “This photo was taken in 1921 or 1922; it shows the Smith family of the Spring Mills and Millheim areas out for carriage rides after a family reunion picnic. The carriages were most likely rented from a stable in Spring Mills for the occasion.

“The Spring Mills Hotel can clearly be seen in the background. The hotel, built in 1820 by R.H. Duncan, was owned from 1920 to 1958 by Mrs. Annie (Stover) Detweiler; it’s now known as the Frosty Hook.

“The little girl on the lap of the lady in the back of the first carriage is my grandmother, Mildred Smith Auman, who still resides in Spring Mills. Her uncle Charles Milton Smith is the man in the front of the first carriage, he was the owner of C.M. Smith General Merchandise located on Main Street in Millheim. The young boy seated behind Charles is my great uncle, the late Kenneth W. Smith. The other joyriders are assorted aunts, uncles and cousins.

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos. Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Design Editor Laurie Jones at Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.