Graue Mill and Museum

Today, Graue Mill is the only operating waterwheel gristmill in the Chicago area. Campers begin their visit with a short walk around the grounds, while a docent explains the importance of the dam, and the workings of the mill race and waterwheel. They will view a demonstration of the basic milling process using Miller Graue’s 160-year-old buhrstones, and have a chance to try their hand at grinding corn using Native American methods. Costumed volunteers will demonstrate spinning and weaving, and discuss life during the Civil War. Groups can also see a short presentation about slavery and the Underground Railroad.
 
Contact Info
Address: 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. DuPage County. Tel: 630-655-2090. Email: info@grauemill.org. Website: www.grauemill.org. Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-4:30PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-5th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm Length of Visit 1-1.5 hours. Cost: Fee.

Living History Centers Fun Facts

American breakfast wasn’t always bacon, eggs, and orange juice. In colonial times, the typical child would eat a breakfast of cornmeal mush that had been cooked all night over embers.

Campers will have fun learning about the seasonal tasks and the way of life at colonial interpretive farms, villages and forts. Many have costumed guides who campers can observe to learn how children and adults lived. Many offer hands on activities such as candle making, ice-cream making, churning butter, quilting and more.

Campers can record how long various tasks took, and compare them to how long these tasks take to complete today.