The mill is open on Saturday’s from 11:00am - 4:00pm & Sunday’s from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. The last guided tour of the day begins at 3:15pm both days. The admission fee for adults is $5.00 and children age 16 and under are free with a paid adult admission.
Beck's Mill Opens for the Season - April 2nd
Beck's Mill Clean Up Day - March 26th
Volunteers needed for our annual clean up day around the mill. Please bring bring gloves, chainsaws, rakes and tarps. The day will begin at 9:00am. The rain date will be March 26th. For more information on the clean up contact Raymond Lee at 812-883-4009.
Volunteer Training - April 9th
Interested in becoming a Beck's Mill volunteer? Join us on April 2nd at either 11:00am or 1:00pm for training sessions.
Wildflower Nature Hike - April 16th
Join us for a nature hike around Beck's Mill as we look for native spring ephemerals and wildflowers. Hikes begin at 10:30am and 12:30pm.
This tour requires pre-registration. Pre-registration is required to establish our numbers.
Let her know which hike you prefer...Hike 1 or Hike 2. Fee is $10.00.
Event sponsored by the White River RC & D Forestry
Short History of Distilling in Indiana's Black Forest - April 23rd
Join us for a short on the history of distilling in Indiana's "black forest". Presented by Alan Bishop on Saturday at 5:00pm. French Lick Winery & Distillery will be on site for the event. The Blue River Fire Department is having their own fundraiser in our parking lot. Pulled pork, chips and a drink is available for $5.00. The Blue River Fire Department are the ones that protect the mill and our neighbors if it is ever (hopefully never) needed.
Paint Party with Resident Artist Dusty Baker - April 24th
Sunday, April 24 at 1:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon with friends creating a beautiful painting.
11 x 14 canvas , includes supplies to complete the project and light refreshments.
This is a wonderful fundraiser for the mill. Fee $30.00 Register online: www.austys.com
May Day/Mt Carmel Chicken Barbecue - May 14th
Mt Carmel Church Chicken Barbecue proceeds benefit the mill and the Mt Carmel Cemetery fund. Dinner includes 2 sides and Beck’s Mill cornbread! Many demonstrators and musicians will be announced in upcoming months . Civil War Living History with Clint Barnett. Anyone interested in demonstrating or playing music can contact Paula Bortka-Wells at 812-883-1379 or thru facebook messenger.
Beck's Mill will be honoring several volunteers that have passed away in the recent past at approximately 11:00am.
May Day Musicians Include
Kalen Carty Kemker
Caitlin Kemker, Colin Kemker
William Jaurequi, Kristan Kemker
Troy / Melanie Smith
Daniel Main, Cale Kearschner
The Best Goes On: Tribute To Jimmie Dale Wilcoxson
Mercedez Schultz Valentina
May Day Demonstrations Include
Janet Hoke, Kara Windell - Indiana Brochures
Rita Roberts - Bradie Shrum Art Show
Marcella Campbell Mahuron - Perennial Seed Give Away
Sarah Spomer - Metal Chain Constructing
Dusty Baker - Demo Painting
Joanna Allen - Kid's Art Table
Tony Frederick - Blade Sharpener
JR Martin - Fur Takers & Hides Etc
Paula Bortka Wells - Clay Making / Pottery
Tim Wells - Apple Peeling & Samples
Brannon Wilson - Sharing Apple Slices
Mary Bortka - Making Corn Muffins
Kimberly Kearschner - Appleseed Coloring
Kara Gilstrap - Face Painting
Janet Hoke & Kara Windell - Hot Peppers
Jason Hardin - Blacksmith
Doris & Jim Pfatz - Spinners
Bill Smith / Raymond - Grist Mill Grinder
Welcome the Crosley Car Club - May 21st
Beck's Mill looks forwarding to visiting with members of the Crosley Car Club on May 21st.
Beck's Mill Canvas Paint Party - May 29th
Beck’s Mill will have a fundraiser on Sunday, May 29th at 1:00pm and our subject will be the Old Beck’s Mill.
I have been told that it is one of the most photographed and painted mills in the country and now you can have your own rendition of it! A cherished work of art that no doubt will be passed thru the your family’s generations! Pre-register at www.austys.com. Our very own Resident Artist, Dusty Baker will instruct you step by step to help you create your masterpiece. Cost is $30.00 (includes all supplies needed) and since this is a party…light refreshments will be available! This will take place at the Mill’s screened dining room.
Fiber Revival at Beck's Mill - June 25th
This event features the very rare running of both the carding machines! The Fiber Revival activities will begin at 10:00am.
The carding machines are dated to 1816 and considered the oldest in the country…only 5 of these carding machines are left to our knowledge & our 2 are the mills originals! The carding machines were restored in 2007-2008 at the Lovett Mill in Tennessee. Many demonstrations….sheep, spinning, felting, weaving, quilting, crochet , hand carding, and wool dyeing. We will have free drop spindle classes with John & Doris Pfaff will be the main teachers so everyone can learn the process.
This is sponsored by Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement.
Food available from Shady Patch Farm
Beck's Mill Canvas Paint Party - June 26th
Resident Artist, Dusty Baker will once again be helping the mill with her amazing talents. We will be painting the mill on Sunday, 06/26 at 1:00pm. Pre-register at Austys.com $30.00 will include supplies to complete your masterpiece and light refreshments. This will take place in the mill’s screened dining room at 4433 S. Becks Mill Rd in Salem. Mill phone # is 812-883-5147.
Car Cruise In / Mt. Carmel Chicken Barbecue - July 9th
The Cruise-In includes parking lot activities: Enjoy vintage cars and trucks from the past on the mill side: the mill will be grinding corn and mill tours will be available on a timed schedule. Chicken barbecue proceeds will benefit their cemetery and the mill. Music/DJ services provided by Phil Stahl.
214th Birthday of Beck's Mill - August 27th
Parking Lot Activities
Include woven rugs by Mary Jane Hamilton, Jewelry by Suzie Harrod, Wooden Spoons by Woody and a couple of Flea Market vendors. To be a vendor contact: Judy after 5 pm at 812-896-3447. We have had an overwhelming response on craft & flea market vendors this year and will probably be the biggest showing ever!
Moonshine history and skits with Tommy Green and the gang (note: guns firing blanks), civil war living history encampment with clint barnett
Mill Side Activities
Special music: featuring the corydon dulcimer society, special adult admission price $2.14, Mt . Tabor Church will provide chips & cookies and birthday cake supplied by Walmart. Mt. Tabor will also provide a free hotdog meal while supplies last. The mill will be grinding corn, mill tours will be available on a timed schedule. We will also have a blacksmith demonstration.
Beck's Mill Canvas Paint Party - August 28th
Resident Artist, Dusty Baker will once again be helping the mill with her amazing talents. We will be painting the mill on Sunday, 08/28 at 1:00pm. Pre-register at Austys.com $30.00 will include supplies to complete your masterpiece and light refreshments. This will take place in the mill’s screened dining room at 4433 S. Becks Mill Rd in Salem. Mill phone # is 812-883-5147.
The Grind IX/Paul Scifres Memorial 5k Run/Walk - September 17th
Grind IX / Paul Scifres Memorial 5k, (we are honoring the late Paul Scifres at this race)
Register at runreg.com,
The run/walk starts at 9:00am, in person registration starts at 7:30 am $25.00 Run awards overall, Male & Female will receive an award. Age group awards for the top 3 male/female. Walk awards, top 3 overall Male & Female walk finishers will receive an award. Snacks & drinks before & after race. Breakfast will be prepared by Shady Patch Farm.
Beck's Mill Canvas Paint Party - September 18th
Please join us on Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 pm in the screened dining room at 4433 S. Becks Mill Rd, Salem.
$30.00 includes everything to complete your fall masterpiece and refreshments. Pick your own colors for your painting. Please register at austys.com
Writing Our Pasts to Imagine Our Futures - October 8th
In partnership with: IU Department of English, IU Arts & Humanities Council, and Beck’s Mill
Led by an award-winning poet and Indiana University professor, Catherine Bowman will join us for a creative writing class for girls and women of all ages at the historic Beck’s Mill.
Inspired by the beauty and history of Beck’s Mill, we will engage in imaginative writing together as we excavate and unearth aspects of our lives, community, ancestry, history, roots, origins, and lineages both actual and imagined. We will tour Beck’s Mill and spend time meandering and wandering. We will offer enjoyable and inspiring writing prompts and exercises to inspire you as we work with names, creation stories, myths, inheritances, memory, story and poem-making to explore our lives past and present and the way these explorations can help us shape our futures.
In this class you will have the chance to work with short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Lunch will be provided. The class is free (donations to Beck’s Mill always appreciated) and all levels of writers are welcome, from beginners to the more experienced.
Oktoberfest / Cornmeal Bake-Off - October 22rd
Parking Lot Activities
Campfire beans served with beck’s mill cornbread, cornmeal bake off entries can be dropped off between 11 am to noon. Judging will be at noon and each entry must have at least 1/2 cup of white or yellow beck’s mill cornmeal, please use a non returnable dish and include recipe. moonshine history and skits with tommy green and the gang (note: guns firing blanks), civil war living history encampment with clint barnett, craft and flea market vendors (contact Judy at 812-896-3447).
Mill Side Activities
The mill will be grinding corn and the blacksmith shop will be in operation, mill tours will be available on a timed schedule, pioneer and craft demostrators and music, Additional displays include metal smith, woodburning artist, wooden spoon, walking stick & cane carver, Native American Artifact exhibit, Kid's art table, clay/pottery making, face painting, Johnny Appleseed & craft, Fur/pelt display, Apple peeler-free sliced apples, spinning & quilting (interested demonstrators and musicians contact Paula at 812-883-1379).
Mill Closes for the Season - October 23rd
Fall Clean-Up - October 29th
Join us for our fall clean up event at 9:00am.
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All events are subject to change.