A regional treasure

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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.

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Motor Mill History #1

Motor Mill History #1

Welcome to a series of posts on the history of the Motor Mill community!  These posts will supplement the timeline available on the “Learn the History” link.   We will start with the birth dates of the co-owners of the Mill: *January 20 1804 – John Thompson (future buyer of Mill land with Timothy Davis) *July 29 1825 – Jotham Pratt Dickinson (buys part of Motor land from Davis, including sawmill) * March 22 1828 – James O Crosby (future Garnavillo attorney).

Season of Giving

It is the time of the year that many of us give to groups and organizations we care about.  If Motor Mill is one of those places for you, consider making a donation to the Motor Mill Foundation!  Anticipated projects and expenses include Cooperage chimney repair  estimated cost = $1400 Decrease bridge debt which is currently over $40,000 Cost of post replacement in the basement of the Mill (work will be done by Alysworth House Movers) Add interpretive panels to the  Motor Mill site, inside the Mill & the Cooperage) to enable guests to take self guided tours  

Motor Mill Bridge Lighting Event

Motor Mill Bridge Lighting Event

Celebrate the start of the holidays at Motor Mill with a bridge lighting and open house. November 18th, 4-6 PM Each year local friendly elves work hard to light up the bridge for all to enjoy. This year the Motor Mill foundation decided to celebrate the occasion with cookies, hot chocolate, pine boughs and electric window candles. There will also be beautiful winter artwork on display and for sale. The official lighting of the bridge will be at 4:30 p.m. So head over the river and through the woods to Motor Mill for a festive evening in a beautiful and historic setting.

Come celebrate our amazing local artists at the first Motor Mill Art Show

Come celebrate our amazing local artists at the first Motor Mill Art Show on September 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.   Favorite images of Motor Mill, both new and old, professional and amateur, will be showcased.  If you have a favorite Mill image, please share it with us! The art does not have to be your own work.  Motor Mill inspired art can include the Mill itself as well as art focused on the beautiful natural setting of the Turkey River, bluffs, wildlife, and plants of the area.   Artists are invited to display their works at the show as well as come to create art on site the day of the show.  If you don’t want...

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