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Franklin Creek Grist Mill & Interpretive Center

Franklin Grove, IL - Lee County
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The Franklin Creek Grist Mill and Interpretive Center is a reconstructed, timber frame, four-story 1847 grist mill located within the Franklin Creek State Natural Area.

At the Mill, you can watch the four-ton waterwheel as it powers pulleys and gears to turn the 4-ton millstone to grind corn like in the 1800s. ย Other displays include milling equipment, 43 panels from native Illinois trees, fossil viewing in stone walls, and a self-guided interpretive trail. ย The facility is wheelchair accessible.ย Go to the website for more information.

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Suggested donation is $5.00.  

Open Friday Noon- 4 pm (June through August)

Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 4 pm (April through October)

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