Historical society to host program
The Waupaca Historical Society will highlight the history of the Red Mill during a Thursday, Feb. 23 program.
The free program will begin at 6 p.m. in the lower-level meeting room at the Holly History and Genealogy Center.
Board member Ron Arthur will tell the history of the Red Mill and of other mills along Waupaca County’s Old Mill Trail.
Built in 1855, the Red Mill on the Crystal River stands as one of the earliest buildings still standing in the Waupaca area.
Early farmers in Little Hope and Waupaca used the Red Mill, a two-and-a-half story frame mill, to grind flour, cornmeal, graham flour and livestock feed.
The mill was in operation for more than 100 years until it closed in 1959.
In the years since, the Red Mill has become a tourist destination, thanks to the chapel and covered bridge on its property, and today serves coffee, sandwiches and ice cream in its café and gift shop.
Arthur has served on the historical society board for several years and previously worked as a captain on the Chief Waupaca out at Clear Water Harbor in King.
The Red Mill will sponsor refreshments and coffee for the program.