The Mill at Anselma is owned and operated by the The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust. The Trust was formed in 1998 with the vision of developing the historic Anselma Mill and village as a historical attraction for the enjoyment of families, schoolchildren, tourists and scholars. The Mill at Anselma was previously under the stewardship of the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, founded in 1967 by Samuel W. Morris. Under the direction of the late Mr. Morris and his wife Eleanor M. Morris, the Trust has been a leader of preserving open space and historic sites in the watersheds of the French and Pickering Creeks.
Following the death of Anselma’s last miller, Mr. Oliver Ernest Collins in 1982, the Trust purchased the Anselma Mill and its 22-acre site as part of its work in historic preservation. The Anselma Mill, the mill pond and races, as well as the site’s other structures were preserved and stabilized during the 1980s. With the successful completion of the mill’s stabilization, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust focused on its work in the purchase, easement and preservation of land and stream corridors. In 1998, the Trust recognized the need to continue work on the Anselma Mill, and with the cooperation of the Board of Supervisors of West Pikeland Township and the Board of Commissioners of Chester County, formed the Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust, Inc. to continue the restoration.