MOTOR MILL

A regional treasure

Our Mission

To protect and preserve the architectural integrity, history, natural beauty and serenity of the Motor Mill site and its surroundings and to develop appropriate uses and interpretation as a regional treasure for the benefit of future generations.

Motor Mill News

Motor Mill Bridge Lighting 2018

Motor Mill Bridge Lighting 2018

Nearly 100 friends of Motor Mill braved some snowy slick country gravel roads to see the lights turned on the Motor Mill Bridge for the 2018 holiday season.   Hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies welcomed guests in the mill as they waited for the lights to be plugged in.  We had some fun projecting holiday lights on the side of the mill too! The lights are set to come on between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., from Nov. 17 through January 2.  Enjoy the beautiful holiday season!        

2nd Annual Motor Mill Bridge Lighting

Celebrate the start of the holidays at Motor Mill with the 2nd Annual Bridge Lighting and open house on November 17th from 4:30-5:30 PM. Each year local friendly elves work hard to light up the bridge for all to enjoy. Celebrate the occasion this year with the Motor Mill Foundation.  There will be hot chocolate, cookies, as well as gifts to inspire your holiday shopping! The official lighting of the bridge will be at 5:00 p.m. So head over the river and through the woods to Motor Mill for a festive evening in a beautiful and historic setting.  After enjoying the twinkling bridge lights head to Hope Lutheran Church for...

2018 Motor Mill Art Show – That’s a Wrap!

Over 100 visitors came to Motor Mill on a hot September afternoon to enjoy the 2nd Annual Motor Mill Art Show.  Tours, music, a brand new video telling the story of Motor Mill and beautiful Mill/northeast Iowa Inspired art greeted guests as they entered the Mill.  A walk around the Mill site provided opportunities to create, view and purchase art as well has have a refreshing treat.  The Motor Mill Foundation is grateful to all vendors and activity providers for making the art fest part of their calendar!  Free Wi-Fi for the day, courtesy of Alpine Communications was much appreciated too! Thanks to the following vendors/artists and providers of activities. ...

Seeking Unique Motor Mill Artwork!

If you have a one-of-a-kind piece of art depicting Motor Mill hanging on your wall, we would love to display it in our second annual art show! We’re searching for hidden gems in private collections that should be seen and enjoyed by a wider audience. Any Motor Mill artwork or photography will be accepted to be displayed inside of the mill during the show. To register, call 563-245-1516 or email aharkrader@claytoncountyia.gov. Registration information and forms will be sent. Be sure to register by the August 27th deadline! A huge thank you to Thrivent for the grant to help with costs of putting this event on!

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