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Bear's Mill, Greenville

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
Bear's Mill is a historic gristmill near the city of Greenville in Darke County, Ohio, United States. Built in 1849, this watermill is the oldest existing industrial building in Darke County. Built by Manning Hart, a local contractor, the mill lies along Greenville Creek in southwestern Adams Township, midway between Greenville and the village of Gettysburg. It was purchased before its completion by Pennsylvanian Gabriel Bear, who completed and opened the mill in 1849. After his locally made millstones proved faulty, Bear travelled to France, where he acquired stones of a type regarded worldwide as of highest quality.
The mill is a wooden building with a stone foundation and a metal roof. It remained in continuous operation for well over a century, slowing from full capacity only in the late 1970s when the miller decided to go into partial retirement. Since then, the mill has continued in use: partially as a milling museum, and partially as a gristmill. In 1975, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, qualifying because of its architecture and because of its significance in Ohio's history. Today, the mill is operated by the Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and operating the mill as a historic landmark.
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  • Wonderful place off the beaten path. So glad we stopped in. We toured the working mill, shopped the large shop that was full of local art, pottery, etc. Enjoyed a complimentary cup of coffee...  more »
  • This is being absorbed by Darke County Parks District, and will be able to keep up the property. Still a place for some eclectic shopping and local breads and Jams are always good. Some art and...  more »
  • Well for one it's historical, built in 1847, protected by the Union Troops during the Civil War. It still Mills flour and grain for cooking food. It has a wonderful walking area around the mill race to the dam where they also generate their own electricity. And there is a Vietnam War Memorial there with a recently constructed covered bridge across the mill race. The bridge was constructed the way covered bridges were build 150 yrs ago. And a fitting war memorial for those who never came home and to the ones who did. Stop in and see it it's well worth the drive and the time to walk the grounds.
  • Always a wonderful art gallery full of local artists' creations. The soup and bowl event is spectacular! A nice quiet place to escape to.

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