Published Books

The following books can be purchased at these MetroParks’ gift shop locations:

  • Fellows Riverside Gardens / Shop in the Gardens – 330.740.7116
  • Ford Nature Center – 330.740.7107
  • Lanterman’s Mill – 330.740.7115

The Green Cathedral

by John C. Melnick, M.D.

Published 1976, Youngstown Lithographing Company $22.50 The Green Cathedral is a history of Mill Creek Park. Dr. Melnick introduces a brief history of the Western Reserve, Native Americans of the Mahoning Valley, Gristmills, John Young, and Volney Rogers. The Park history is presented in a geographical manner beginning at the outlet of Mill Creek into the Mahoning River and ending with the source of Mill Creek in Columbiana County. Chapters include information on park staff, trails and drives, facilities and environs, land acquisitions, water features, bridges, points of interest, and stories and legends.


The Legacy of Mill Creek Park: The Biography of Volney Rogers

by Bridgett M. Williams

Published 1992, Youngstown Lithographing Company $12.95 A tribute to vision of Volney Rogers and the battles which were won and lost in his pursuit to protect the cherished lands of Mill Creek Park.


Historic Mill Creek Park

by Carol Potter and Rick Shale

Published 2005, Arcadia Publishing $19.99 A pictorial history of legendary Mill Creek Park featuring over 200 photographs. Considered by many to be America\’s most beautiful urban park, Mill Creek Park\’s prominent structures and vistas fill page after page. Historic Mill Creek Park is part of Arcadia Publishing\’s Images of America series. This book can also be purchased at and at Barnes & Noble bookstores.