11 am-4 pm
Heritage Sunday is an annual event at Beckman Mill County Park, six miles west of Beloit. At the park, you will see an authentically restored 1868 grist mill, a dam, mill pond, fish ladder, and foot bridge. In addition, there is a saw mill display, 1840s cooperage, visitor center, gift shop, creamery, blacksmith shop, picnic shelter, vintage garden, and nature trail.
Heritage Sunday features a variety of demonstrations including: broom making, blacksmithing, wood carving, basket weaving, and more.
In addition to demonstrations, there is live music such as, concertina, violin, and banjo playing.
The museum and gift shop will be open, and there are special activities for kids including: butter making, digging for potatoes, blacksmithing, and corn shelling. Attendees can also enjoy horse drawn wagon rides and interacting with Civil War soldiers. There are also WWII and Vietnam living history displays, collector show cars, and other attractions.
Food and beverages will be for sale including, soda, water, and desserts. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated to help the Friends of Beckman Mill to continue their 30 year endeavor to maintain the buildings and educate about bygone times.
History of Beckman Mill
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.
Tours are available Saturdays and Sundays May through September.
Beckman Mill Park
11450 S. Cty. Hwy. H, Beloit
P: (608) 757-5451