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 then converted to a flour, grist mill, 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 DAY- Saturday, September 13, 2014. Enjoy breakfast with us starting at 7am, stroll by the items on the silent auction by 8:00-3:00. Bake sale begins and get there early for best choice, but new items added all morning. Free tour of the mill when it's running all equipment by waterwheel late morning and once again early afternoon. Live music will be enjoyed morning and afternoon. A full dinner can be purchased by 11:30 and served until gone, usually around 3:00. Hot dogs available, ice cream, and soft drinks. Pioneer arts and crafts will be demonstrated through out the day, enjoyed by young and old alike. Duck soup softball and games for children will be played. Please support the mill by purchasing raffle tickets for cash prizes, assorted guns and a bow.