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 Fridays, Saturdays and most Sundays (check the calendar to confirm), April 11th 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).

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 June 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  

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What's New

Donate to our
Finance Campaign
"For Future Generations."
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how and why.

Wondering what we've
been up to lately? 
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new brochure.

A big success!  With our help,
40 acres of land were
just added to the
State Natural Area.
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