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 second Saturday of every month we have Bird Walks at 8:00 AM. These walks will begin at the Grist Mill Parking lot. Join seasoned birders as they lead a walk through the Franklin Creek State Natural Area highlighting the migrating birds and the one who make the park their home. The next Bird Walk will be led by Karen Lund on September 13th at 8:00 AM.
In addition, 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 next Geology Walk will be August 30th 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 application. Click here for our Membership form. We also offer three major fundraisers a season at the Mill, the next one being an Afternoon at the Mill, September 28th. Brian Fox Ellis will present Prince Maximilian (See Featured Event). Dinner is at 1:00 PM followed by the program at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling Julie Hage at 815-288-5445.
Click here to view the Summer 2014 Newsletter.