Beckman Mill

Beckman Mill

 History

Beckman Mill is located at Beckman Mill County Park,  6 miles west of Beloit, Wisconsin. On the grounds of the 50-acre county park you will see an authentically restored 1868 grist mill, a new dam, mill pond, fish ladder, foot bridge, saw mill display, 1840s cooperage, visitor center, gift shop, creamery, blacksmith shop, picnic shelter, vintage garden, nature trail and more.

The showpiece of the park is the Beckman Mill, the restoration of which was completed in 1997 by the Friends of Beckman Mill’s volunteer work crew. It is operational with power being supplied by its original 1860s water driven Leffel turbine. In the event alternate power is needed, the mill can be operated by its vintage two-cylinder gasoline engine.

The mill was built shortly after the Civil War by millwright William Howe of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In 1882 it was acquired by August Beckman who had previously operated mills in nearby Juda and Hanover. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Beckman Mill County Park

Beckman Mill County Park offers a park shelter with picnic tables available on a rental basis. For more information click here or go to Rock County Parks website or call 608-757-5450. The park is open year-round from 5 am to 10 pm.

Amenities Include: Picnic shelter with 12 tables and electricity, other picnic tables scattered throughout the park, nature trails, heritage garden, accessible fishing pier, covered bridge, dam with millpond and unique fish ladder, sawmill display, restrooms, drinking water, and cooking grills.

Beckman Mill Park’s Visitor Center

Beckman Mill Park’s Visitor Center was constructed by the Friends of Beckman Mill’s volunteer work crew. It was completed in 2006 and is patterned after Herman and Augusta Griinke’s creamery that was once on the property. The Visitor Center serves as a gift shop and includes a creamery display, a blacksmith shop display and modern rest rooms. An office and meeting room are on the second floor. The visitor center is open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., May thru October.

We invite you to come visit us!

The mill is open for public tours on Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm, May-October. Corn grinding takes place the first Saturday of each month. Admission is $3 per person. Children 6 and under and members of Friends of Beckman Mill are admitted free.

How do you become a member?

Whether you live near the mill or far away, Friends of Beckman Mill, Inc. would be pleased to have you as a member of the organization. Memberships help fund projects and activities and bring you the Beckman Mill News, a quarterly 24-page newsletter. A sample copy of the newsletter is available by requesting one at: 1941stude@gmail.com

Memberships are for a period of one year commencing on January 1 and ending on December 31.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

• SENIOR CITIZEN (Includes spouse) $10
• STUDENT $10
• INDIVIDUAL $15
• FAMILY OR INDIVIDUAL & GUEST $20
• APPRENTICE MILLER $50
• MILLER $100
• MASTER MILLER $250
• MILLWRIGHT $500
• MASTER MILLWRIGHT $1000

If you are interested in volunteering at Beckman Mill call them at 608-751-1551 or send an email to info@beckmanmill.org.

Beckman Mill
11600 South Co Road H
Beloit, WI 53511

 



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