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

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

Sorry but we are unable to accept credit cards at this time, only cash or checks.



Pickwick Mill Wheel


Watch Pickwick Mill Working





 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 a water powered gristmill constructed first as a sawmill, and later converted to a flour mill, on the banks of Big Trout Creek located in Pickwick, Minnesota. It is the first commercial flour mill west of the Mississippi river. 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, you may veiw and experience milling history through the years with antique original and restored equipment fully functional, powered by a 20 foot overshot water wheel.

Today the mill is administered as a historic site and museum by Pickwick Mill Inc., a member owned, non-profit organization. Open to the public, May through October.

Pickwick Mill location:  24813 County Road 7, Winona, MN 55987

Contact: 507-457-0499,  Mailing address: 39238 Mill St. Winona, Mn 55987

Image above contributed by Kari Yearous.