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THE PICKWICK MILL will be open MAY through OCTOBER, 10AM-5PM, Tuesday through Saturday, 11AM-5PM Sunday. Closed Mondays. Open on Holidays. Address: 24813 County Road 7, Pickwick, Minnesota.

TOURS at other times available by appointment. Please call 507-457-0499, 507-457-3296, 507-457-9658


Pickwick Mill Wheel


Watch Pickwick Mill Working




    Come celebrate  with us in beautiful Pickwick Valley on Saturday, Sept 9 at our celebration of the Pickwick Mill and museum. Pancake breakfast at 7:00 am starts the festivities and free Mill tours. Starting between 9:00 am and 10:00 the band will start (with old time music), silent auction, horse drawn wagon rides, blacksmithing, spinning an weaving, bake sale, pottery, rope making, and many more demonstrations (the kids will have fun, you will too). At 10:00 The LaCrosse log rollers will perform. Dinner will start at 11:00 until sold out. The Mill will be in full operation around11:30 and then again 1:30, with the 4'x20' water wheel powering all the machinery.  Cash lottery tickets will be sold and the drawing will be at 4:00 (need not be present to win). Come  join us for a wonderful time!      

 THE PICKWICK MILL was built from 1856 to 1858 by Thomas Grant and Wilson Davis and is one of the oldest flour mills found in southeast Minnesota. The mill was the first water powered gristmill constructed first as a sawmill, and later converted to a flour gristmill, on the banks of Big Trout Creek located in Pickwick, Minnesota. It is the firest commercial flour mil west of the Mississippi reiver.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 contributed by Kari Yearous.