DON'T MISS ALL THE FUN!!!
SATURDAY SEPT 12 THE PICKWICK MILL WILL SPONSOR A CELEBRATION FOR ALL TO ENJOY. A PANCAKE BREAKFAST FROM SEVEN-10:00 A.M. (ALLYOU CAN EAT). FREE ADMISSION TO THE MILL WHERE HISTORY COMES TO LIFE. HANDS-ON DEMONSTRATIONS OF POTTERY MAKING, FLINT KNAPPING, BLACK-SMITHING, ROPE MAKING, WEAVING. LIVE MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE DAY. A DELICIOUS DINNER OFFERED FROM NOON TILL 3:00(OR GONE). A SILENT AUCTION WHICH WILL END AT 3:00. HOMEMADE PIES WILL BE SOLD WHOLE, OR BY THE SLICE WITH OR WITHOUT A SCOOP OF ICE CREAM. 1$ - 5$- 20$ RAFFLE (TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW) WILL BE OFFERED WITH THE DRAWING AT 4:00. FIRE DEPT WATER FIGHTS START AT NOON. COME JOIN US FOR SOME REAL FAMILY FUN!!!
THE PICKWICK MILL was built from 1856 to 1858 by Thomas Grant and Wilson Davis and is one of the oldest water powered gristmills found in southeast Minnesota. The mill was constructed as a sawmill, and later converted to a flour gristmill, on the banks of Big Trout Creek located in Pickwick, Minnesota. The mill ran 24 hours a day during the Civil War and produced 100 barrels daily for the Union Army. After the war, the mill became a flour-milling center for most of southern Minnesota and portions of Iowa and Wisconsin.
The mill was built from locally quarried limestone, with a timber frame that was so closely fit, that nails were not used (outside of the floor). The six story building was severely damaged in 1907 when a tornado took off the roof and top storage room. The mill was then retrofitted with a flat plank roof. The mill has been restored to a gable roof that is reminiscent of the original design.
Today the mill is administered as a historic site by Pickwick Mill Inc., a privately funded, non-profit organization.
Pickwick Mill Address: 24813 County Road 7, Winona, MN 55987
Contact: Opal Fitch 26421 County Road 7, Winona, MN 55987 507 452 9658
Image above: Kari Yearous