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In 1990 a group of volunteers had the goal of restoring an old mill, which has now been declared a Town Historical Site. The aim was to preserve a part of Wisconsin’s heritage for future generations so they may learn about a time when life was without modern technology.  Since that time there have been many concerned citizens, who continue to care for and maintain the mill and grounds.

The turbine that was in the mill was restored and has been repaired/maintained since then by concerned volunteers.  By using the water in Long Lake (a renewable source) we produce electricity and pump it into the lines of Alliant Energy.  This is a clean method of producing electricity as well as a great lesson for groups who tour the mill.

The inside of the mill is somewhat of a museum.  Old artifacts hang from the beams and adorn the walls.  An old “pot belly stove” provides warmth for the building.  We are also able to demonstrate the actual operation of the grain mill.

To date many improvements have been done to the building, including roof, gutters, siding and windows.  The stone wall in the lower level was rebuilt, the walls of the tail race restored, and the trough from the head race way to the waterwheel was built.  Also shelves in the basement to display artifacts were built. A pavilion was erected in the park, east of the mill, thanks to Extreme Makeover Home Edition reimbursing us for the needed repair of the turbine.  There is ongoing repair work of the waterwheel and windows (due to vandalism) and to put a liner in the trough .

The park provides two fishing ponds for children and handicap to enjoy the outdoors as well as practice their fishing skills.  Fishing seminars have been conducted annually by the Long Lake Fishing Club at no charge.

We sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt every spring and have a Christmas Love Light tree and ceremony every December.  We hold fund raisers which go for mill and park improvement and maintenance.

There is much to say about our mill and park projects and accomplishments.  We are open the third Sunday of each summer month and by appointment. Stop in and visit the mill or call 920-533-8279 for an appointment.

Think about the big E when you think about the Dundee Mill & Park =

                                          ELECTRICITY- EDUCATION – ENTERTAINMENT

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