1853, the Graue Mill has been
grinding out cornmeal (and whole wheat flour) on its traditional
gristwheel. Frederick Graue, a German immigrant to the area, also
housed runaway slaves in the basement of his gristmill, and the
Graue Mill is one of the remaining authenticated Underground
We visited last Sunday, as we do every year in late fall. I
bought our annual supply of cornmeal (it's freezable!), which I use
to make polenta,
a stick-to-your-ribs Italian winter staple, and of course,
cornbread. We visited the museum (my elementary school teacher, Ms.
Jones, works in the gift shop as a volunteer!) and then walked
along the hiking paths of Fullersburg Woods, stopping to skip
stones in the Salt Creek, gather colorful leaves, and peep our
heads down mysterious animal holes. At the end of the path you'll
find the Fullersburg
Woods Nature Center (free entrance), where kids can see a
mastadon skeleton, identify animal tracks, climb a birds nest and
play with animal puppets, and birdwatch with binoculars.
Check their Web site for tour times and the many special
events offered every weekend.
Season: mid-April - mid-November
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Monday, except
Admission Rates: Children 4-12 $1.50; Children 3 and under Free;
Adults $3.50; Seniors $3.00
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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