SpringHill Suites - Burr Ridge IL
(630) 323-7530 | 15W90 N Frontage Road | Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Graue Mill and Museum
Look back 150 years in history at the Graue Mill and Museum. This area was the first working waterwheel in the Burr ridge area. They feature the mill as well as the Graue house that you can rent to accommodate guests for parties or a special event. There are many areas to explore including a grinding area, a hands on area, weaving and Victorian Parlor. From the Springhill Suites in Burr Ridge start out going north on N Frontage Rd toward Veterans Blvd, turn right onto Vetrans Blvd, take the 1st left onto S County rd, merge onto I-55 N toward Chicago, take exit 277A toward I-294N-Wisconsin, Merge onto I-294 N via the exit on the left toward Tri-State/Wisconsin, merge onto US-34W/ Ogden Ave, turn right onto N York Rd.
Graue Mill and Museum, an operating waterwheel grist mill and homestead, is dedicated to maintaining a bridge between past and present generations in the belief that understanding our history is vital to our future. The Museum provides programs — for school children and others — that include milling, spinning and weaving and living history presentations, as well as artifacts which illustrate the way of life of area residents between 1850 and 1890 and the impact mills such as Graue Mill had on our culture. The mill was a major center of economic life during the 19th century and was also used by Fred Graue to hide runaway slaves on their journey to freedom in Canada. President Abraham Lincoln reportedly visited Graue Mill during a trip from Chicago to Springfield. Three generations of the Graue family operated the mill for 60 years until modern milling methods rendered the old mill obsolete and the building was abandoned. Graue Mill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in May 1975. And in 1981 was recognized as an Illinois Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers — the only gristmill so designated on a national or local level, representative of an important technology and era in the history of America.
Address: 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, IL
Phone Number: (630) 655-2090
Hours of operation: Daily Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed Monday, Except for Holidays