Mineral Springs Park using historical markers to inform

By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

July 21, 2014

JONESVILLE — Historical markers placed in Mineral Springs Park in Jonesville in 2013 were another milestone in the grand scheme of elements designed to inform and teach about Jonesville history and celebrating its achievement and heritage.

“It was part of the master plan literally coming to life,” said Jonesville Historical Society Chair Judy Wolfe.

The markers were funded by a grant written by Wolfe in 2010.

Wolfe said in addition to portraying the history and heritage of the Jonesville community, the markers complement the historic trails that intersected in Mineral Springs Park to bring early colonists to Jonesville, once a settlement.

The early trails and paths followed by settlers 200 to 300 years ago, are the highways called 21, 67 and I-77, said Wolfe.

Some of the markers’ legends include: Jonesville Landmarks — “Legends and Dedications,” Namesakes and Notable Citizens, Veterans Memorial — “Honoring Those Who Serve Past, Present and Future,” Mineral Springs Park — “Legends and Dedications,” Mineral Springs Shallows “Crossroads of Historic Trails,” and History and Heritage — “Legacies, Legends and Lore.”

Wolfe said recent efforts of a Latter Day Saints youth service team helped get an early route through the valley open. The path serves as a short walking trail between the Jonesville History Center and Mineral Springs Park.

The chair said the path will soon be complimented by small kiosks describing the route’s significance to early history. Materials for the kiosks will be donated locally and work completed by volunteers, she said.

Wolfe, in a broadcast called “Jonesville Tales and Trails” airing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:05 p.m. on WIFM 100.9, is discussing where about 20 trails intersect at Mineral Springs Park.

In the program, Wolfe said they cover all topics about Jonesville history.

The Jonesville Historical Society has announced a schedule of new hours and services for the Jonesville History Center and Mineral Springs Park.

Effective Aug. 1, the Jonesville History Center will open as requested Monday through Saturday. It will be open between 2 and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Mineral Springs Park & Trails will be open to the public during daylight hours daily. Visitors are encouraged to use the parking lot on River Road or to park at the history center and walk the short trail adjacent to Mineral Springs Drive into the park.

Guided tours for individuals and groups will be available for the Jonesville History Center and park.

For information or scheduling, call 336-835-0077.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.