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Florence Mill

Connecting Agriculture, History & Art 9102 N. 30 St. Omaha Ne 68112 (next to I-680, Exit 13) * 402-551-1233

 

Agricultural Historic Site: Nebraska's oldest business was almost lost to ruin. Instead, it is one of Omaha's preservation success stories. It remains as a unique agricultural link between the Pioneer Trails and Territorial settlement. Originating as the 1846 Winter Quarter gristmill, it was built under the supervision of Brigham Young. The Florence Mill made a career change from an obsolete, decayed mill and grain elevator into a cultural attraction now houseing a museum, art gallery and farmers market.

 

Winter Quarters Mill Museum: The Florence Mill contains the only structural relics from Winter Quarters. Hand-hewn beams and wooden pegs cut by pioneers remain. After the Mormons abandoned Winter Quarters in 1848, the mill was rebuilt by a Gold-Rusher who provided agricultural support for the new town of Florence in Nebraska Territory. It evolved to fit the changing agricultural needs of farmers from the Civil War to the Cold War. A grain elevator was added in 1915, with a rope-driven “man-lift” and bucket elevator.

 

ArtLoft Gallery: Once used to store grain-sacks, the second floor loft is now a unique art space with artwork by artist & mill-lady, Linda Meigs, as well as changing exhibits. September: Memorial Connor Meigs Art Award Connor Meigs Art Award is a rare national Merit Award given to a talented and newly graduated artist who is just beginning their art career. It is the recipient's first solo exhibit. October: North Hills Pottery Tour – The first October weekend finds the Mill overflowing with ceramics and pottery by talented regional artists. It's the grand artsy finale before the Mill closes for winter hibernation.

 

Florence Mill Farmers Market: Sundays: June through Sept. from 10 to 3 Besides farm-fresh vegies and crafters, you also might find alpacas, rabbits, 4-H sheep, goats and other farm critters grazing in the field for educational fun. First Sundays are family day with pony rides and family-friendly activities.

Ask about Flour-Sack Lunches, Bus and Group Tours, Rentals and other Special Events .

 

A National Register Historic Site & Save America’s Treasures Project

 

Seasonal Hours: Open May – Oct., 1-5pm Wednesday through Sunday (Market is 10-3) Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Holidays

 

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