Our Mission is to preserve the historic structure
and natural setting of the mill and provide educational,
environmental and recreational experiences for all to enjoy.
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.
FIRST FRIDAY EVENT ~ Friday, June 4th - 2021
Visit Bear's Mill and the Darke County Parks at the Downtown Greenville First Friday event. Stop by to chat and learn more about Bear's Mill.
THE GATHERING AT GARST ~ July 24th & 25th - 2021
Come see us at The Gathering at Garst event located on the grounds of the Garst Museum in Greenville, as we celebrate our history. We will be sharing space with The Darke County Parks.
Visit The Gathering at Garst website for additional information about this event.
APPRECIATION NIGHT ~ Friday, September 10th -2021 @ 6-8pm
VOLUNTEER + MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION EVENING
We get the opportunity to celebrate our volunteers and members for the countless donations they give to the mill each year.
If you are a Bear's Mill volunteer, be sure to save the date and join us for this annual event. Fun will be had by all.
CANDLELIGHT WALK ~ Saturday, December 3rd - 2021
Nothing can beat a crisp walk in the woods on a candlelit path. Join us for this annual Christmas celebration.
FALL OPEN HOUSE ~ October 9 & 10 - 2021
Our annual Fall Open House is a crowd pleaser!
Visit us as we welcome in Fall at The Mill.
CHRISTMAS PREVIEW ~ Saturday, November 13th -2021
Get in the Christmas mood as we deck the Mill in anticipation of Christmas.
2022 SPRING OPEN HOUSE ~ DATE TBA
Join us for the Spring Open House at Bear's Mill.
SOUP n' BOWL FUNDRAISER ~ POSTPONED! March 12, 2022
We have postponed the Soup n' Bowl Fundraiser! The new date is Saturday, March 12 at 5-9pm.
Join us for this beloved annual event.
Eat soup and choose your favorite hand crafted bowl produced by various potters.
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.
If you support our mission and would like to be a ‘Friend’ of Bear’s Mill, you may become a member by making a tax-deductible (consult your accountant) donation at one of the levels listed below
Donate through our convenient PayPal button below...
We appreciate your support of Bear's Mill
$1000+ Gabriel Baer Legacy
$500 The Miller Partner
$250 Millrace Steward
$100 Mill Patron
ART AT THE MILL
A monthly art program curated to promote local art + artists and create a gathering place for the public in the historic setting of Bear's Mill in Greenville, Ohio. Exhibitions open with a FINAL FRIDAY RECEPTION from 6pm-8pm each month.
ART AT THE MILL 2021
We are resuming the artist series in 2021. See below for dates/times and details!
JUNE 25 thru JULY 25
PAULA J. DALTON – geometric landscapes
BERRY DAVIS & COLLETTE FORTIN – solid glass sculpture & jewelry
Reception June 25 @ 6:00 – 8:00
JULY 30 thru AUGUST 22
THOMAS HILL – wood panels/earthenware pottery
Reception July 30 @ 6:00 – 8:00
AUGUST 27 thru SEPTEMBER 19
SIMON LA BOZETTA – cubic expressionism paintings
JIM DELANGE – glass vessels
Reception August 27 @ 6:00 – 8:00
SEPTEMBER 24 thru OCTOBER 24
TIM FREEMAN – photography on rice paper
Reception September 24 @ 6:00 – 8:00
OCTOBER 29 thru NOVEMBER 21
VINCENT SAULNIER – oil on canvas
SCOTT THAYER – pit-fired pottery/sculpture
Reception October 29 @ 6:00 – 8:00
NOVEMBER 26 thru DECEMBER 31
LIZ ZORN – abstract paintings
THE MILLRACE POTTERS – handmade pottery
Reception November 26 @ 6:00 – 8:00
MAY 28 thru JUNE 20 2021
STACIE SEUBERLING – oil/pastel landscapes
STEPHANIE SKUROW – nature sculpture
Reception May 28 @ 6:00 – 8:00
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