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WELCOME TO

ESTABLISHED 1849

BEAR'S MILL

OPEN

Tuesday thru Saturday

11:00am-5:00pm

Sunday

1:00pm-5:00pm

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OUR MISSION

In April, 2021, Bear’s Mill became one of the Darke County Park District’s newest parks. 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. The Friends of Bear’s Mill remain dedicated in providing educational, environmental and recreational experiences for all who visit Historic Bear’s Mill. All membership contributions and donations are for the exclusive use of promoting and protecting Bear’s Mill.

Thanks to Three Pilots FPV for the aerial view of Bear's Mill

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!

 

Art at the Mill - Historic Bear's Mill
Art at the Mill - Historic Bear's Mill
Art at the Mill - Historic Bear's Mill
EVENTS
MILL EVENTS

Ted Yoder Concert on the Lawn ~ July 26th 6:30-9:30pm 

Ted Yoder Concert on the lawn at Bear's Mill

Ticket holders will receive an intimate concert venue with the 175-year-old water powered gristmill as the back drop and the Greenville Creek flowing along your side. Bring your own lawn chair and relax for an evening of entertainment. Optional charcuterie meals are available for purchase, as well as one-of-a-kind, locally-made wood cutting boards! All proceeds from this fundraising event go to future preservation of the Mill and educational events. 

-Purchase tickets: https://www.ticketsignup.io/TicketEvent/ConcertatBearsMill

Family Art Day at the Mill ~ August 3rd 10am-12pm 

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Darke County Parks and Darke Center for the Arts will team up with Ohio Second Lady Tina Husted at Historic Bear’s Mill as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations.  Join us for several stations of FREE try-it art stations, including pottery, flower pounding, natural rubbings & stamping, painting, and more! Be sure to learn about the 88 unique paintings that Mrs. Tina Husted is creating for all 88 counties in Ohio (Darke County’s featuring Historic Bear’s Mill!) while you enjoy refreshments and music on the deck. Several examples of the other counties’ artwork from Mrs. Husted’s project will be represented. Purchase a full-size print or postcard to take home a piece of this unique Darke County artwork. All sales of the Bear’s Mill print will go towards the funding of future youth programming.

Fall Open House ~ October 12th-13th  11am-5pm 

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Stroll through the property soaking in all the colors, sounds, and smells of autumn in Ohio. Warm your belly with French market bean soup, corn bread, brats/hot dogs, apple cider, apple dumplings, pumpkin cookies, and more!

Live music and local vendor both days.

Christmas Preview Open House ~ November 23rd  11am-5pm 

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Stroll through the property soaking in all the colors, sounds, and smells of autumn in Ohio. Warm your belly with French market bean soup, corn bread, brats/hot dogs, apple cider, apple dumplings, pumpkin cookies, and more!

Live music and local vendor both days.

Luminary Walk ~ December 6th  6-9pm 

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Nothing can beat a crisp walk in the woods on a candlelit path. Join us for this annual Christmas celebration. *Now included - storybook trail through the Mill

DONATE

ONE TIME DONATION

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 One-Time 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...

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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!

BEAR'S MILL

$1000+  Gabriel Baer Legacy

$500  The Miller Partner

$250 Millrace Steward

$100 Mill Patron

$50  Turbine

$30  Cornmeal

Become A Friend of Bear's Mill

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MILL STORE
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.

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VISIT
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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

  • School groups

  • Corporate groups

  • Private groups or individuals

  • Weddings & Ceremonies

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TOURS

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LOCATION

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

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