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.

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Dr. Katherine McCarville to visit Motor Mill

Dr. Katherine McCarville to visit Motor Mill

June 1st at 1:00 p.m. Join Dr. Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University Associate Professor of Geosciences, to talk about Geology at Motor Mill.  

Motor Mill Ethnobotany Hike

Motor Mill Ethnobotany Hike

Friday, May 24th at 5:00 PM Motor Mill Historic Site Ethnobotany is the study of plants and their uses throughout history. Join Naturalist Abbey Harkrader hiking the Motor Mill trail to learn about identification and historic uses of Motor Mill’s plant species. This hike will explore the Motor Mill Trail in search of unique plants found there, how to identify them, and their history and folklore. This moderate hike includes some sections that are steep. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and bug spray.

Visit the Mill 2019 Events

Visit the Mill 2019 Events

Come “Visit the Mill 2019” for some special events including: Native plant identification and plant walk Traditional plant uses hike Tree identification hike Stone ground breads sampling James O Crosby stopping by Dr. Kathrine McCarville from UIU for a geology chat Let us know which ones you are most interested in attending and best times as we are in the process of scheduling dates. Let Motor Mill be your passport to some fun weekend adventures!

Got time…share some with us this summer!

Hello friends of Motor Mill! In the depth of cold and snow, choose to think spring and summer! The Motor Mill Foundation cordially invites you to consider these questions: * Do you enjoy time by a peaceful river? * Are you curious about Iowa history? * Is giving back to your local community something you would like to do alittle bit more?   If you are thinking “maybe yes” to any of the above, there might be a fit for you volunteering at Motor Mill for the 2019 tour season.   The Motor Mill Foundation welcomes any questions or comments you might have about being a volunteer. We would be...

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