Preservation Committee

Water/Ways-May 2016

Franklin Creek State Natural Area and Grist Mill

We can thank the Franklin Grove Creek & Preservation Committee for the Franklin Creek State Natural Area - the first and only state natural area created by an ALL volunteer organization AND for the reconstructed timber framed Grist Mill also constructed by an ALL volunteer effort.   To learn more about this committee and its volunteer efforts click here

The Grist Mill will be open April 15 - October 31, 2016 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. May 28-July 9 the Grist Mill will be open on extended hours during the hosting of the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition.   When you visit in spring, experienced tour guides will teach you and your family about the history of the original mill as well as the creation and workings of the reconstructed mill.   On the last Saturday of the month you can observe corn being ground.   A $2.00 per person donation is recommended but not required.   In addition to the weekend tours available for the public, group and school tours can be arranged (see article below).

The third floor of the mill is also available to rent for weekly classes, workshops, corporate gatherings, parties, family reunions, etc. Please visit our rental information page to learn more.

As we are primarily a volunteer operation we continue to need volunteers and your financial support.  Click here for the volunteer applicationClick here for our Membership form.  We also offer four major fundraisers a season at the Mill, keep your eyes open for more details about our 2016 Evenings at the Mill, Singing Bird Chautauqua and Water/Ways Smithsonian Exhibition.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities such as becoming a Grist Mill tour guide, preservation and restoration work days at our newly acquired Headwaters and Hurd properties, or manning and or managing our Grist Mill gift shop please call the Grist Mill at 815-456-2718 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Also be sure to "like" us on Facebook at  

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