Beckman Mill Offers Guided Tours Every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm May-October.
At noon, the Friends of Beckman Mill will begin the 2019 tour season. The buildings will be open with volunteers to greet and guide you. Hot chili with corn muffins (made with cornmeal ground at the mill) will be served for a modest price. No charge for admission, but donations are always appreciated.
History of Beckman Mill
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 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.
You are Invited to Visit Beckman Mill!
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.
July 21 ICE CREAM SOCIAL/ARTISTS IN THE PARK 12-4 pm. Enjoy old-fashioned ice cream, and desserts, and watch artists at work. There will also be a book signing.
September 8 HERITAGE SUNDAY 11 am-4 pm. Historic demonstrators, soldiers, food, and music.
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.
11600 South Co Road H
Beloit, WI 53511