The Graue Mill and Museum is now closed for the 2015 season! We will reopen for the 2016 season on Tuesday, April 19th.
The Frederick Graue House is still available for event rentals.
We are busy booking group tours and field trips for the 2016 season. Please contact Cathy Kolessar, Director of Operations at 630-920-9720 x27. Please contact Cathy to order your cornmeal as well.
GRAUE MILL TO CLOSE FOR 2015 SEASON FOR REPAIRS AFTER LABOR DAY
Historic Landmark in Need of Structural Improvements:
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will close the Graue Mill and Museum of Oak Brook for the year after Labor Day to begin the first phase of maintenance and structural repairs to the 163-year-old historic landmark.
The mill, which normally closes for the season in November, will reopen as scheduled for the 2016 season on April 19th.
Contractors will tuck-point and stabilize the foundation walls, millrace and basement floor and apply a moisture-control barrier to the exterior. They will move components of the electrical system from the basement, reinforce portions of the basement floor, and pour new foundation supports for the mill’s wooden gear works.
The work should last about three months. During that time, the Forest Preserve District will also need to close the Graue Mill parking lot and the trail directly behind the mill that leads to the York Road underpass. A detour will help trail users safely bypass the construction site via the pedestrian crossing at York and Spring roads.
summer morning in 1852, Fred Graue entered his mill and turned
the wheel that opened the sluice gates outside. Water from
Salt Creek rushed into the millrace and the wooden waterwheel
began to turn for the first time. It would turn the machinery
that would grind grain for the next seventy years.
Today, Graue Mill is the only operating waterwheel gristmill
in the Chicago area.