Franklin Creek State Natural Area and Grist Mill

We can thank the Franklin Creek Preservation Area 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 is open for tours from 12:00PM – 4:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday May through October.   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).

Premiering this summer we have a variety of nature walks scheduled.    On the last Saturday of the month, we have Geology Walks highlighting some of the oldest rock formations in Illinois beginning at the Franklin Creek Grist Mill led by Geology student and enthusiast Kristina Hallam.  The last Geology Walk of the season will be October 25th at 10:00 AM.

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 three major fundraisers a season at the Mill, the next one being in April of 2015.

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 our board Chair Donna Ducharme  at 815-652-2092 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 www.facebook.com/franklincreekgristmill.  

Click here to view the Fall 2014 Newsletter.


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