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Group to begin restoring mill

Staff writer

After getting a grant to restore a 148-year-old Cedar Point mill, a nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to tackle cleanup work starting in April.

Dan Clother, head of Drinkwater and Schriver Mill Inc., a nonprofit group working to restore the historic mill, said volunteers would work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in April and May.

They will clean out the mill and the mill site, including an old fire station now part of the mill property.

Lunch will be provided.

Projects will include repairs to the fire station and removal of equipment and materials from the mill.

Equipment including 3-by-12 beams from the mill’s granary additions and materials from the mill will be stored in the fire station.

Silt on the lower level and the granary enclosure on the second floor will be removed.

Trees will be cut down.

The grounds be graded and leveled.

Brush and deadfall in the river below the dam will be removed.

The nonprofit also is seeking volunteers for grounds, buildings, museum, administrative, and merchandise committees.

A website, fundraising, communications, public relations, and apparel design and marketing are some of the projects committees will undertake.

Potential volunteers are being asked to email name, address, phone number, email address, skills, tools, and dates available to work to danclo@att.net.

Prairy Foundation gave the organization a grant for restoration and preservation.

Drinkwater and Schriver Mill was built in 1875 by Orlo Henry Drinkwater, the first postmaster of Cedar Point. Originally called Wyoming Mills, the mill produced flour and cattle feed.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, but not much has been done with it since then.

The building’s proximity to the river has caused cracks in its foundation. Lichen are visible from the road.

The old fire station is to be turned into a museum.

Last modified March 23, 2022

 

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