Greer Mill restoration hits new milestone, public invited to open house April 28

Contact(s): Cody Norris (573) 341-7405

ROLLA, MO. (April 13, 2018) – The public is invited to a free Open House at Greer Mill on April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. See the restoration work completed inside and outside the mill firsthand. Musicians will be playing traditional music; and food will be available for purchase at the event. The festive atmosphere will allow visitors to reflect on what it was like in times-gone-by when people from the surrounding communities gathered at the mill.

Resting nearly 220 meters (240.5 yards) above Greer Spring in Oregon County, the Historic Greer Mill has been the focus of a partnership between the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF) and the Friends of the Eleven Point River (the Friends) since the MTNF finalized acquisition of the land in 2013. The Friends have held several fundraising events, such as the open house last year, which provided critical funding to restore the mill. The communities of Winona, Alton, and Doniphan have been very engaged with the Friends’ efforts as well. These events have also brought together patrons, connected in special ways to this Nationally Registered Historic Property, from much further locations.

The previous large-scale project was conducted at the mill in 2014 through the Passport in Time (PIT) program. The PIT project stabilized the foundation, main support beams, floors, porch and cupula. This year, siding was added to the list of stabilization efforts, giving the mill some much needed protection from the elements and a fresh new look. Siding was purchased from a local saw mill and the Friends contracted the siding delivery, equipment rental and siding installation. Kiln drying was provided free of charge for the pine siding by Roberts Flooring in Mountain View. Local Amish community members have played a vital role in the upgrade of the mill as well, from repairing the roof and installing the new siding.

“I am very excited to see the mill in such good shape; and really appreciate the dedication of our partners in this effort, especially the Friends of the Eleven Point,” stated MTNF Zone Archaeologist David Cain.

At the open house event, people can learn ways in which they can support the Friends of the Eleven Point River's continued restoration efforts. Parking will be at Greer Crossing picnic area down the road from the mill. Shuttle service to the mill, and to the cabins along the spring branch, will be provided. All attendees are welcome to tour the mill and listen to local accounts of the mill’s history. A make-up rain day has been scheduled for May 5 in case weather does not cooperate for April 28.

Siding was purchased from a local saw mill

Greer Mill showing the restoration work