Museum is great family spot


By Janet Buccirosso

Are you looking for a place to while away a few hours out of the cold weather? The Old Mill Museum in Dundee is the perfect spot for a family outing. Within its three floors visitors can learn about the history and life of the area including an exhibit of Native American artifacts from the Macon Reserve area on the third floor. In addition to the exhibits, the mill also features a small gift shop and provides facilities for meetings and gatherings. They have a banquet hall that can seat 280 – 300 and a conference room for smaller gatherings like baby or bridal showers, club meetings, etc.
According to Jerry Fogle, a volunteer at the mill, Alfred Wilkerson built the original grist mill in 1848-49 by the dam on the River Raisin. In 1880 the mill was sold to Henry Smith and in 1882 it was sold to R. B. Davis, who kept the flour mill until 1910. He then sold it to the Dundee Hydraulic Power Company. The power company built the concrete dam that is currently in place. In 1927 Detroit Edison began providing energy and the mill stood empty until the village decided to demolish it. At that point Henry Ford informed them that the property belonged to him. He renovated the mill and installed a generator. In 1954 the mill was sold to Wolverine Manufacturing which ultimately sold it to the Village of Dundee in 1970 for $1. The mill then sat unused until 1981 when a group of volunteers formed the Old Mill Restoration Committee and, with the help of many dedicated volunteers and donations, were able to create the Old Mill Museum.
The museum is located at 242 Toledo Street in Dundee. Hours of operation are 12-4 p.m. Friday through Monday. For more information, or to make reservations for tours or facilities, call. (734) 529-8596.

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