Pickwick Mill is a historic gristmill in the unincorporated community of Pickwick, Minnesota, United States, near the city of Winona. It was constructed in the mid-1850s and is now operated as a milling museum. Pickwick Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 for having state-level significance in the themes of agriculture, architecture, and industry. It was nominated for being one of southeast Minnesota's oldest surviving water-powered mills, serving as a key local industry in its day and a Winona County landmark to the present.Put Pickwick Mill into our Winona trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Winona.
The six-story building was constructed from local limestone with a nail-less timber frame and a pitched roof. In 1907 a tornado ripped up the roof and top story, which the operators replaced with a flat plank roof. A more classically accurate pitched roof was restored in recent years. The mill is powered by a 20ft water wheel. Most of the mill's original machinery is still intact and operable.
Pickwick Mill was built on the banks of Big Trout Creek by Thomas Grant and Wilson Davis. The mill's official website says it was constructed 1856–58, though other sources give a construction date of 1854. The property's National Register nomination says it was built in 1854 as a grist- and lumber mill and converted to flour production in 1856.
Pickwick Mill is one of the largest mills in Minnesota and was one of the first community businesses in the state. During the American Civil War the mill ran non-stop, churning out 100 barrels of flour a day for the Union Army.
Pickwick Mill Reviews
We decided to stop when we saw the sign. This is a working mill. It was a holiday day weekend so we were the only people there. We watched the informative video, talked to the friendly host who pointe... more »
A really interesting and beautiful place to visit. A lot of artifacts and operated by people that are very knowledgeable about the mill. Most used the mill or had family that used or was involved in t... more »
Neat place we stumbled on while visiting my nephew in Minnesota. History of the old flour mill and how they powered it with the water wheel. Beautiful scenery! I highly recommend for the ones who love history or even taking a few great pictures.
Such an unique experience and friendly staff who are willing answer any question. The water wheel still runs and many old time pieces are on display. There is a video that goes over the history of the mill. Be ready to climb stairs as there are many levels in this historic place. Parking is also limited. Be sure to take the short walk to see the dam and the little waterfall.
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