The Mission of the Friends of Bear's Mill is to assist and support the Darke County Park District in preserving the historic structure and natural setting of Bear's Mill and in providing educational, environmental and recreational experiences for all who visit.
ABOUT BEAR'S MILL
Bear’s Mill is one of the few operating water-powered mills in Ohio today. A rare historic landmark, The Mill is located on the eastern outskirts of Greenville, Ohio, along a peaceful stretch of creek side woodlands.
Built in 1849 by Gabriel Baer, Bear’s Mill’s grand framework is constructed of exquisite hand hewn timber beams that are nearly 50 feet long — without a single splice. Standing four stories high, grain is carried from floor to floor throughout the inner workings of the Mill by the power of the water that runs through the mill race below.
Bear’s Mill still grinds grain into flours and meals today, using the same cool grind practices as old world millers. Grain is carefully passed through the French Buhr millstones to produce a healthy, whole, minimally processed product for you to enjoy.
A new chapter has begun in the Clark Gallery at Bear’s Mill.
Visitors to The Mill now have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of art with price points for every budget from a growing slate of regional artists.
All purchased art will help sustain the mill, but will also help keep the creative spirit that Julie Clark nurtured throughout the years of mill ownership alive and well.
Art at the mill will be an ever-changing art market with new pieces added as art is sold. Stop in and enjoy this new chapter at the mill. We think you will like it!
UPCOMING DARKE COUNTY PARKS EVENTS
-Maple Sugarin; on the Prairie: March 5th @ Shawnee Prairie Preserve
-First Annual Raptor Run - 5K Trail Run: June 25th @ Shawnee Prairie Preserve
-Tour De Darke: Bicycle tour of Darke County: August 7th @ Shawnee Prairie Preserve
-Prairie Days: September 24th-25th @ Shawnee Prairie Preserve
-Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland: December 3rd @ Shawnee Prairie Preserve
Visit the Darke County Parks Website at www.darkecountyparks.org/ for more info...
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE ~ November 26, 2022
Visit us during the most wonderful time of the year...Christmas at the Mill!
Shop our Mill Store for special gifts you won't find anywhere else in Darke County!
CANDLELIGHT WALK~ December 2, 2022 @ 6-9pm
Visit the only evening event at Bear’s Mill for a stroll through the candlelit path around the Mill. Enjoy complimentary refreshments around the campfire and live music by Joseph Helfrich. Stock up on holiday cheer in the Mill Store and Art Gallery! The store will be fully stocked with stoneground flours, holiday decorations, homemade candies, gourmet food items and Bear’s Mill souvenirs.
2023 SPRING OPEN HOUSE ~ TBA
Join us for the Spring Open House at Bear's Mill.
2023 VOLUNTEER/MEMBER APPRECIATION ~ TBA
We love our volunteers and members!
If you are a volunteer or member, plan to join us for a fun evening!
2023 FALL OPEN HOUSE ~ TBA
Crisp Fall leaves, pumpkins and warm apple cider will set the stage for our Annual Fall Open House. Join us!
Proceeds derived from sales in the Mill Shop and Gallery + individual contributions from visitors, community members and regional businesses provide the vital support of the preservation and maintenance needs of the Mill and the surrounding 35 acres of property.
Your donation will help keep the Mill, the waterway and property available to everyone for generations to come and allow the Mill to continue to be a living piece of agricultural history.
Donate through our convenient PayPal button below...
We appreciate your support of Bear's Mill
BECOME A FRIEND OF BEAR'S MILL
You can support our mission to preserve and maintain Bear’s Mill by choosing a donation level (below),
then call Bear's Mill to so we can welcome and Thank you for your support!
Your tax-deductible (consult your accountant) donation will help us
preserve Bear's Mill for generations to come!
$1000+ Gabriel Baer Legacy
$500 The Miller Partner
$250 Millrace Steward
$100 Mill Patron
The Mill Store
Located on the first floor, the Mill Store at Bear’s Mill carries an eclectic mix of Bear’s Mill flours and meals, gourmet food items, coffee, teas, home goods, clothing, jewelry and unique gift items.
Specialty baked goods are delivered weekly to the Mill Store, including artisan breads from the Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company, as well as delicious locally made confections and sweets that utilize Bear’s Mill’s stone ground flours and meals.
A long time favorite at the Mill Store is Bear’s Mill Private labeled jams and jellies, which are locally produced to accent the baked goods featured at the Mill. If you’d like to try baking your own recipe,
Bear’s Mill sells their freshly ground yellow cornmeal, whole-wheat cake flour,
whole rye flour, whole wheat bread flour, organic spelt flour and cracked wheat.
*Pancake mixes made with the stone ground flours are a favorite.
VISIT THE MILL
We’re very proud of Bear’s Mill and love to explain how the mill really works, from our hydro-powered turbines to the cups and belts that carry the grain from floor to floor, right down to the final, healthy end product. We offer several options for tours of the Mill, depending upon the size of your group and the duration of your stay.
Bear’s Mill offers tours to:
Tourism/Tour bus groups
Private groups or individuals
Weddings & Ceremonies
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TOURS
We are located just a short drive away...
5 miles from Greenville, Ohio
21 miles from I-70 in Clayton, Ohio
22 miles from I-75 in Piqua, Ohio
31 miles from I-70/I-75 in Dayton, Ohio
33 miles from Richmond, Indiana
93 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio
98 miles from Columbus, Ohio
100 miles from Indianapolis, Indiana