STOCKDALE MILL

Events

 

TOUR HOURS for 2017

May through October


Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00

 

Contact us to schedule group tours at other times:
answering machine: (765) 833-2019 during season
or
(765) 833-2642
e-mail us: info @ stockdalemill.org

ALL TOURS ARE FREE

when you VISIT INDIANA
when you VISIT WABASH COUNTY
when you VISIT MIAMI COUNTY
you should VISIT THE STOCKDALE MILL
located in ROANN, INDIANA
see our water powered mill and our nearby covered bridge

A working water-powered flour and grist mill * * * operated by community volunteers

 

Click Here for a DONATION CARD

Click Here for a pdf DONATION CARD ( "pdf" )

 

*** NEW EVENTS

GREAT EEL RIVER DUCK RACE RESULTS 2017

1st Cindy Flanagan ................#29, Wabash
2nd Kevin Cordes .................#408, Roann
3rd Chance Fouts .................#161, Spring Branch, TX


August 14 - A fish ladder is currently being installed. Check out our "News" page for updates.

 

MILL ROOF REPLACEMENT FUND

BULLETIN UPDATE:
We have REACHED OUR GOAL
!!!
A contractor has been secured and roof replacement is rescheduled for mid-September 2017.

[delayed due to a season of excessive rain]
Thank you to all who have generously donated.
Also, Thank You to the Wabash County Community Foundation for a grant of $4,460 for the purchase of roofing materials.

 

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Mill Board Members attending Small Business Conference at Gallery 64 learn promotion strategies

Spring 2017

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The Stockdale Mill Foundation received the 2nd place award from the Beacon Credit Union "Project Spotlight". Pictured with other winners is Ron McColley acceptng the prize on behalf of the Mill.

THANK YOU to Beacon Credit Union an to all who voted!

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VOLUNTEERS WELCOME
The Stockdale Mill depends entirely on volunteers to operate. New volunteers are needed for restoration, tour guides, landscaping, general maintenance, publicity, and assorted tasks. Can you help? Call us today!

Hello from Stockdale! This is a call-out to all millwrights, machinists, mechanics, carpenters, farmers, teachers, and anyone else who wishes to preserve our heritage. The Stockdale Mill is awakening from its long winterís nap. Guests will be arriving May 6. So the mill and grounds need a tidy-up to be presented to the public. Clean-up/Fix-up day is Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 to 2:00. Come lend a hand and share in the fun. Please bring some cleaning supplies and a sack lunch. Maintenance/Restoration work days will be each Monday beginning April 25 from 9:00 to 3:00. There is still a good number of restoration projects on our list to work on. Also needed are hosts and tour guides for Saturdays beginning May 6.

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The Stockdale Mill is on the new Wabash County Bike Trail.

The 92 mile trail uses hard surface roads and is marked with MCBT signs.
MCBT map 1 http://www.visitwabashcounty.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/WCBT2013Map.pdf
MCBT map 2 http://www.indianatrails.com/content/wabash-county-trail-bike-route

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We have CORN MEAL - freshly stone ground by water power.

PAST EVENTS

The Stockdale Mill was filled with activity as eighteen volunteers put on finishing touches in preparation for opening for the season. A warm day and bright sky was welcomed as the helpers raked outside and cleaned inside. Everything is now in place to welcome the first guests. The mill will be open each Saturday from noon to 4PM for guided tours. Tours are always free.

 

Restoration and maintenance volunteers work each Monday during the season.

 

Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM)

Forty mill enthusiests from Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana gathered at the Stockdale Mill for the Great Lakes Chapter fall conference. Following registration, special mill tours were conducted for all visitors. A dinner and business meeting was held at the Roann Community Center. Stockdale Mill Foundation president Ron McColley welcomed everyone to the community. Prior to the business session, the Stockdale Mill Foundation presented Jim and Ruthalice Watson with a momento in honor of their years of dedicated service of volunteering at the mill. Following the banquet, guests visited the Roann Covered Bridge and other points of interest around Roann.

 

 

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Foodwaters threatened to delay
the Stockdale Mill 2013 opening day.

On April 19, 2031 the Eel River reached the third highest level ever recorded at the Stockdale Mill. Water stood 36-1/2" above the basement floor. That is 2" below the 1932 flood level and 13-1/2" below the record flood of 1959. Mill volunteers showed up and community members pitched in to clean and scrub to prepare for the opening day which was to be 15 days later. After much hard work, structural inspectiion, and finishing touches the mill opened for visitors as planned on May 4.

 

 

 

Although we do not keep regular Saturday hours from November through April, the mill is easily viewed from SR16 and the state Public Access Site across the river.

Special tours may be arranged for groups year round.

 

BALD EAGLE SIGHTING - On October 15 mill volunteers Roger Harman and Jim Watson sighted a bald eagle at the Stockdale Mill. The eagle was perched in a tree adjacent to the mill on the west side. He appeared to be watching for fish in the river immediately below the dam. Eagle sightings have become more frequent along the Eel River in the past three years. This is the first reported sighting at the Stockdale Mill in Roann, IN.

 

ROANN COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL

Special Displays

at the Mill

 

 

GREAT LAKES SPOOM

Jim and Ruthalice Watson represented the Stockdale Mill at the regional conference of Society for the Preservation Of Old Mills.

 

Our huge cottonwood tree was struck by lightning four years ago. Each year portions have died up to this spring, 2012, when nothing was left alive. For safety reasons, it was necessary to have it taken down. The old cottonwood tree was 6'4" in diameter (18' 10" around), was over 100' tall, and was well over 100 years old.

 

Recently Restored

WHEAT and MEAL ELEVATOR
The bucket elevator which carries wheat from the basement drag to the receiving seperator on the top floor has been restored. Many of the meal elevators ( 110' long belts with cup size buckets) are now running.

WINDOS SILLS
Ongoing restoration by mill volunteers includes rebuilding window sills at the basement level and main floor level.


BOLTING SIFTERS
Three reel "bolting" sifters on the top floor are running. These are the final sifters for bran, middlings, and flour.

 

 

 

Historic Landmarks Tour


The mill hosted Historic Landmarks Foundationís north central regional annual meeting and moveable feast. Dinner was served on the Roann Covered Bridge, and the meeting, silent auction and dessert were held at the Roann Paw-Paw Township Public Library.
The Stockdale Mill Foundation was honored as the "Preservationists of the Year", not only for mill restoration, but for community involvement and interpreting to the public.

 

Book signing by local author Joe Krom

June 20, 2009
His historical novel, "Heart of a Warrior: The True Saga of Sweet Breeze and Wiliam Wells", covers battles and peace treaties
between the Miami nation and the US from the end of the Revolutionary War to the beginnings of the War of 1812.
Several battles occured on the Eel, Wabash, Mississinewa, Tippecanoe, Elkhart, and Maumee Rivers

details at: www.eelrivertraders.com

 


 

We grind whole-wheat flour
and corn meal
Stone-ground by water-power


Two floods in January and Feburary 2008 rose up into the mill basement. The January flood was 32" above the floor. After cleaning, the structure and all equpiment was found to be in good shape.

FOUNDERS PLAQUE DEDICATION



Mill volunteers honored the founders of the Stockdal Mill Foundation with a plaque.
Susanne & Dwight Fouts
Plaque unveiled October 2007

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Roann Covered Bridge Festival Mill Events

 

 

Iron Bridge Festival

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Great Lakes Chapter SPOOM

{ Society for the Preservation of Old Mills }

Regional Meeting at Stockdale Mill - May 21, 2005


 


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VOLUNTEER PICNIC

All personnel at Stockdale Mill are volunteers. Today they take a day off.

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Pictures of Mill Volunteers

 


Old Fort Model A Club Tour
24 "Model A Ford" vehicles pulled in to the mill lot from the Wabash and Fort Wayne areas. The mill was a destination of the October driving tour.

 


HONOR
The Department of the Interior has notified us that the Stockdale Mill, Wabash County, Indiana was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on March 24, 2004. click to enlarge

CORNMEAL PROCESSING

Volunteers of the Stockdale Mill Foundation are shown positioning cornmeal processing equipment, Spring of 2004. Cornmeal is stone-ground and milled by a water power. Visitors may purchase freshly packaged cornmeal or whole-wheat flour. click to enlarge

Big turn-out for tours.
One of the volunteer tour guides.
A Saturday tour group views water rushing in the race.
We are a kid friendly place !

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