Vigo Co. Parks Department restores Grist Mill at Fowler Park

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., (WTWO/WAWV)– The Vigo Co. Park Department is moving forward with plans to restore the Grist Mill at Fowler Park.

The mill, built in 1991, was damaged in the 2008 flood in Vigo County

Adam Grossman, Vigo County Parks Superintendent, said the restoration has been an ongoing project for several years.

“We’ve been working for a while to bring it back up to speed,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of maintainence and repairs that have been needed out there at the pioneer village.”

Mills such as the one at Fowler Park were used to ground corn and wheat in the pioneer days.

Grossman said the department ran into new issues when they attempted to restart the mill a few years ago.

“When we put pressure to it, it sheared off some more gears underneath the Grist Mill. So we’ve got one of our village folk volunteers working diligently at redesigning and putting new gears in underneath the grist mill and we’re going to work this spring at jacking up the cabin,” he said.

Margaret Davis, a frequent visitor at Fowler Park, enjoys the history inside the park.

“I just like to go back and look at the old times and how they’ve restored the things here,” Davis said, adding the park provides the perfect opportunity for younger generations to learn. “I think unfortunately our young people don’t know too much about our history. They need to be coming in here and seeing how we lived and how people lived many years ago.”

Grossman said he thinks those in the area value what Fowler Park has to offer.

“So a lot of work that needs to be done to get the Grist Mill back up and running,” he said. “We know that’s something the community really likes to see whether that’s everyday or especially around pioneer days.”

The department has not determined the cost of the repairs for the mill; however, they hope to start construction in the spring.

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