The Mill is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. May thru October.
Grinding will be on the first Saturday of every month and on special events.
We also have special events throughout the year that you can enjoy!
Opening day is set for Saturday, May 1 from noon – 4 p.m. at Beckman Mill County Park, located west of Beloit.
Chili served with corn muffins made with cornmeal ground at the mill will be for sale in the shelter at the park. Pop, water, coffee and desserts will be available also. Also in the shelter, music will be provided with John Sheehan with his concertina (think polka). Tap your toes, clap your hands, dance or just enjoy!
The mill began extensive renovations in 1990 with the formation of the Friends of Beckman Mill. The group continues its preservation efforts which have been accomplished by volunteers and their expertise in building, construction and engineering. The site has been listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Corn grinding demonstrations will occur at the historic Beckman Mill. The cooperage/museum will be open for tours as well. New displays will depict what life was like in 1868 thanks to Dan Bartlett, curator at Beloit College. Gary Hess, author of Roll Out the Barrels book, will be in the cooperage with a display and books to sign and sell. Also located in the park are the Griinke Creamery and Gift Shop building which will be open to the public.
Mill tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, May through October from 1-4 p.m. or tours can be arranged by appointment. Other special events scheduled are: Ice Cream Social and Artists in the Park on July 15 and Heritage Sunday, Sept. 9. Beckman Mill County Park is located six miles west of Beloit at 11600 S. County Road H. For more information, call 608-751-1551 or email to: [email protected]
Ice cream and cake, and root beer floats will be served in the shelter with John Sheehan playing his concertina. Artists will be painting in different areas throughout the park for you to observe and ask questions. There will several special activities for kids to express their artistic talent. At 2:30 guests will be invited to crank the handle to make homemade ice cream. Corn will be ground by the original 1858 turbine and water power. The museum and gift shop will be open also. There is no charge for the activities or treats, but donations are appreciated so that the Friends group can continue to keep history alive! Call 608-751-1551 for more info.
Learn about historic trades by the demonstrators such as broom making, blacksmithing, wood carvers, basket weavers, and others. Lots of music to be heard: concertina music from 11-1, violin music from noon -2, sing-a-long music from 1-3, and banjo playing. The grinding process will begin at noon at the mill and continue throughout the day. The museum and gift shop will be open. Special activities for kids include butter making, digging for potatoes, blacksmithing and corn shelling. Horse drawn wagon rides, interacting with a Civil War soldier and doctor, WWII and Viet Nam living history displays, collector show cars are other attractions. Bacon cheddar brats and ¼ pound all beef hot dogs, chips, pop, water, and pies and desserts will be sold. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated to help the Friends of Beckman Mill to continue their 30 year endeavor to maintain the buildings and educate about bygone times.