Graue Mill and Museum

Graue Mill and Museum Managed by the DuPage Forest Preserves. Only operating waterwheel gristmill in northeast Illinois.
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Thanks a MILLion (pun intended)! Our video about putting the millstones back together after a recent restoration has gar...
01/02/2024

Thanks a MILLion (pun intended)! Our video about putting the millstones back together after a recent restoration has garnered over a million views on Facebook! Tap on our page to take a look. You can watch more of our videos regarding the history of milling, and see Graue Mill in action, by tapping on More > Reels.

Dozens of volunteers recently took it upon themselves to construct a massive wreath for the mill! Thank you for keeping ...
12/13/2023

Dozens of volunteers recently took it upon themselves to construct a massive wreath for the mill! Thank you for keeping this tradition going! We appreciate your kind gesture to spread holiday cheer. 🎄⛄️🎅

This weekend is your last chance to come visit the Graue Mill and Museum before we close for the season! Please note, we...
11/09/2023

This weekend is your last chance to come visit the Graue Mill and Museum before we close for the season! Please note, we will be closed on Friday in observance of Veteran's Day. Demonstrations will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Thank you to everyone who came out during our first year under direct management by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. We'll be back again in mid-April for more fun times!

11/02/2023
11/01/2023
Talk about a scary Halloween, here in the Midwest, it is not the ghouls and witches, it is the SNOW!   Happy Halloween! ...
10/31/2023

Talk about a scary Halloween, here in the Midwest, it is not the ghouls and witches, it is the SNOW!

Happy Halloween!

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Our mill stones are getting dressed and sharpened!   Millwright Ben has come all the way from Kentucky to make our stone...
10/18/2023

Our mill stones are getting dressed and sharpened! Millwright Ben has come all the way from Kentucky to make our stones perform at their best.

If you are interested in seeing this process, stop by tomorrow - 10/19/23 during our open hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

If you are sensitive to dust, be sure to wear a mask.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Congratulations, Challenge winners!
10/17/2023

Congratulations, Challenge winners!

A great time was had at Greenway Tap last night.  Here are the results from "The Challenge: Trivia Quiz Game"!🤓
09/29/2023

A great time was had at Greenway Tap last night. Here are the results from "The Challenge: Trivia Quiz Game"!🤓

The structure of the mill has stayed relatively the same since it was built in 1852. Modern accessibilities like an elec...
09/07/2023

The structure of the mill has stayed relatively the same since it was built in 1852.

Modern accessibilities like an electric lift to the main floor and stairs have been added, but the bricks and wooden pillars remain from the 1850’s.

Come to the Graue Mill and Museum to marvel at this amazing building and more!

Other than the main stones that we use to grind the corn into cornmeal, there are remnants of other millstones throughou...
09/05/2023

Other than the main stones that we use to grind the corn into cornmeal, there are remnants of other millstones throughout the mill.

Currently, we only use one set of stones, but there is a second set on the east side of main floor. The one laying on the floor is fixed in place and is called a bedstone. The top stone, which is by the window, is called the runner stone and would be the stone that spins.

The grooves in the millstones can vary, but they act as roadways to move the cornmeal until it drops into a chute directly into the miller's bucket!

Come to the Graue Mill and Museum to see the millstones and more!

On the Graue Mill main floor, Mastodon and mammoth teeth are on display, and you can see in person the difference and si...
08/31/2023

On the Graue Mill main floor, Mastodon and mammoth teeth are on display, and you can see in person the difference and similarities between these two creatures in the elephant family.

Mammoths have flat teeth (tooth is actally upside down), and they grazed on grass and leaves. Mastodons had highly ridged teeth and ate branches, twigs, leaves, roots, and melons.

Both animals are native to North America, and a mammoth skeleton has even been excavated nearby at Blackwell Forest Preserve. You can see the mammoth skeleton at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center!

Come to the Graue Mill and Museum to see the mammoth and mastadon display and more!

There are a number of pieces of art you can find throughout the mill. A portrait of Fredrick Graue is on the main floor....
08/29/2023

There are a number of pieces of art you can find throughout the mill.

A portrait of Fredrick Graue is on the main floor. Near the stairs on the third floor is an embroidered work made by Barbara Easter in 1965.

Although both artworks were made in different times and styles, they both reflect the history of the mill. Textiles were a part of the everyday lives of the Graue family, and Easter’s embroidered work pays homage to the intricacies of textile art.

Come to the Graue Mill and Museum to see these pieces of art and more!

On the second floor on the mill, you will see a display of looms and spinning wheels that were used by the Graue family....
08/24/2023

On the second floor on the mill, you will see a display of looms and spinning wheels that were used by the Graue family.

Back in the 1850's these tools were used to make wool and other textiles that could be used to make their own clothes, or they could sell excess materials. Women and children would typically use the loom and spinning wheels.

Come to the Graue Mill and Museum to see the loom, the spinning wheels, and more!

One of the artifacts and machines in the mill is the corn sheller, found on the first floor near the gift shop. There ar...
08/22/2023

One of the artifacts and machines in the mill is the corn sheller, found on the first floor near the gift shop.

There are many ways the get the dried corn off the cobb, you can use your thumbs, use a small metal handheld sheller, or this large sheller.

Corn goes into the funnel, and as the crank on the side is turned the kernels funnel out the other side. These large corn shellers were helpful in keeping up with the hundreds of pounds of cornmeal that would be produced in a single day at the mill.

Come to the Graue Mill and Museum to see this Corn Sheller and more!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!The Fullersburg Woods Campus wishes you all a happy 4th of July!Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve...
07/04/2023

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

The Fullersburg Woods Campus wishes you all a happy 4th of July!

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve trails will be open today. Enjoy the trails and have a wonderful Independence Day!

Check out our new and improved gift shop at the Graue Mill! We have items that represent forest preserves all over DuPag...
07/03/2023

Check out our new and improved gift shop at the Graue Mill! We have items that represent forest preserves all over DuPage County.

If you want unique candy and snacks, Kline Creek Farms provides jams, honey lollipops, popcorn, hard candies, and more.

Soft stuffed animals of native wildlife can be found in the Willowbrook Wildlife Center section of our display.

You can even find valuable knowledge of native birds and trees on our book and pamphlet shelves.

There is something for everyone in our gift shop! Stop by and discover something new and unique to DuPage's various forest preserves.

Corn husk dolls were a hit during last weekend's Fullersburg Days events! Corn husk doll making originated with Native A...
06/30/2023

Corn husk dolls were a hit during last weekend's Fullersburg Days events!

Corn husk doll making originated with Native Americans, and moved on to settlers and enslaved African Americans as well. Making a corn husk doll is fairly easy, as the husks were easily accessible. This activity quickly became an important part of entertainment for children who did not have access to any other toys. Corn was versatile and abundant, so every last bit was made into something useful.

Come visit the mill to learn more about corn husk dolls!

Crops at the Mill: Just outside the Graue Mill you will find crops that have recently been planted. Master gardeners fro...
06/09/2023

Crops at the Mill:

Just outside the Graue Mill you will find crops that have recently been planted. Master gardeners from the University of Illinois came over and planted common grains that farmers would have ground up at the mill back in the 1850's.

These crops include: buckwheat, flax, wheat, barley, and rye. Although these were common crops that were grown in Illinois, none of these crops are native to the Midwest.

The only native crop that was ground at the mill was corn. These plants give us an insight into what farmers would have grown and used to make food back when the mill first opened.

This Saturday afternoon, come to the Fullersburg Woods Campus to see the Nature Education Center and to have some S'more...
05/11/2023

This Saturday afternoon, come to the Fullersburg Woods Campus to see the Nature Education Center and to have some S'mores!

See below for more details!

S'more Fullersburg Fun!
Saturday May 13, 2023
3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

We're hosting another "S'more Fullersburg Fun!" event on Saturday May 13th!

For $5 you can purchase s'mores supplies that can serve up to four people. No registration or purchase is necessary.

The Nature Education Center will be open for exploration during the event. Bring your whole family to enjoy the sights and sounds of Fullersburg Woods!

TODAY! S'MORE FULLERSBURG FUNGraue Mill and Museum EditionMay 7, 20232:30 pm - 6:00 pmToday we will be hosting the "S'mo...
05/07/2023

TODAY!
S'MORE FULLERSBURG FUN
Graue Mill and Museum Edition

May 7, 2023
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Today we will be hosting the "S'more Fullersburg Fun!" event!

Admission is FREE! For $5 you can purchase s'mores supplies that can serve up to four.

The Graue Mill and Museum will be open for exploration during the event. Bring your whole family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Fullersburg Woods Campus!

Stop in, enjoy the museum and some s'mores!

RESCHEDULED - S'MORE FULLERSBURG FUNGraue Mill and Museum EditionMay 7, 20232:30 pm - 6:00 pmWe are rescheduling our "S'...
04/30/2023

RESCHEDULED - S'MORE FULLERSBURG FUN
Graue Mill and Museum Edition

May 7, 2023
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

We are rescheduling our "S'more Fullersburg Fun!" event due to the rain forecast today.

Registration is free! For $5 you can purchase s'mores supplies that can serve up to four people. Register and reserve your S'more's kit at https://bit.ly/3LcQeHx.

The Graue Mill and Museum will be open for exploration during the event. Bring your whole family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Fullersburg Woods Campus!

Come spend your Sunday with us! 🔥
04/27/2023

Come spend your Sunday with us! 🔥

RESCHEDULED - Due to today’s forecast of rain, this event has been rescheduled to May 7. We hope you’ll join us then!

S'more Fullersburg Fun is back, but this time at a new location! Join us Sunday, April 30 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Graue Mill and Museum. Bring your family to explore the campus and roast some marshmallows; there will be a free historical demonstration occurring at 2 p.m. as well.

$5 per s'more kit, feeds four people. Register ahead of time here or pay with cash onsite https://bit.ly/427QyOF

The Graue Mill & Museum will open this Saturday at noon for the season! See demonstrations on topics such as spinning, m...
04/14/2023

The Graue Mill & Museum will open this Saturday at noon for the season! See demonstrations on topics such as spinning, milling, corn grinding and more each Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE.

Popular historical destination to open for programs on milling, spinning, and weaving by expert Forest Preserve District historical interpreters

10/21/2022

We're always looking for new, different, delicious ways to use corn meal freshly ground at Graue Mill. One of our assistant millers, Andrew Bushy, offers this one. It is originally from Southern Living Magazine, and it is EXCELLENT!

Some notes and comments from Andrew: I used two 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 loaf pans instead of the one larger pan called for in the recipe. Didn't have fresh thyme available, so used about 1 tsp. of dried thyme in the batter, and did NOT put any thyme on the top or in the glaze.

LEMON/THYME POUND CAKE

Ingredients
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

½ cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan

3 large eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

½ cup fine yellow cornmeal

½ teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup sour cream

1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 lemon), divided

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme, plus thyme sprigs for garnish

2 cups unsifted powdered sugar

2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk, as needed

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan with butter, and dust with flour; set aside. Beat granulated sugar and butter with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until light and creamy, 5 to 6 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until just incorporated after each addition.

Stir together flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 additions alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating on low speed until just combined after each addition. Stir in lemon zest, chopped thyme, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan; smooth top.

Bake in preheated oven until cake is golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour, 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour.

Whisk together powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of the milk, and remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a small bowl, whisking in an additional 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Spoon glaze over cooled cake. Let stand 20 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs as desired.

The gift of gorgeous weather will be something we'll all enjoy this weekend.  "Color" in the woods is absolutely at it's...
10/21/2022

The gift of gorgeous weather will be something we'll all enjoy this weekend. "Color" in the woods is absolutely at it's peak this weekend, so if there was EVER a time to get out to visit the Mill and take some pictures around the Mill and the Dam, this would be the weekend to do it!!!

Our millers and their assistants are working hard to grind and package freshly-ground cornmeal for your enjoyment. Remember, we NEVER add preservatives or any other kind of additives, so it is a perishable product. Best place to store it when you get home? Your freezer!!!

We have plenty of Graue Mill cornmeal available and we now have stone ground whole wheat flour as well. Stop by the Mill...
07/11/2022

We have plenty of Graue Mill cornmeal available and we now have stone ground whole wheat flour as well. Stop by the Mill during regular hours to get yours. Comes with an attractive linen sack that you’ll love to have available for all sorts of uses.

Address

3800 York Road
Oak Brook, IL
60523

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

+16308508112

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