The Spencerville Mill is always adding more exhibits and displays to its already existing collection. This preview will show you some of our stationary displays as well as preview our plans for the Mill in coming years.
This level of the Mill is fully wheelchair accessible and showcases how the grist operation was run as well as why the Spencerville Mill was so successful due to its location and approximation to various trade routes. You can see the single roller mill run using the turbine water power, and feel the floor vibrate with the rotations. On this floor we also have Barnard's Emporium where visitors can get the feel for an old fashioned general store and purchase a souvenir of their visit. This level also currently houses our Family History Exhibit which features local Cleary family.
This part of the Mill is used to demonstrate various ways in which waterpower is harnessed and used to make the machinery and elevators move. The interactive over-shot and under-shot water wheels allow visitors to visualize primitive techniques, while the mini turbine gives an idea of how the Mill was powered after the 1930s when it was installed.
The other side of the lower level highlights various community businesses and farming implements found during the 1930s. These projects were completed over time by our summer students. Other displays from the 2013 season include: Field Crops – a look at changing technologies in farming; The Blacksmith – featuring original tools used in this profession; and The Tinsmith – a trade vital to every rural community, as they could fix almost anything.