GREENVILLE — Bear’s Mill hosted over 100 guests from mills all over the United States on October 22. Two large coach buses brought the intrepid visitors, who were in the Miami Valley for four days of touring mills and other historic sites.
The occasion was the Annual Conference of SPOOM, (Society for Preservation of Old Mills). At Bear’s Mill, “SPOOMERS” were treated to a pulled pork sandwich lunch catered by the Merchant House, and the Friends of Bear’s Mill Board rolled out the green carpet on the north lawn of the mill for the special event.
Terry Clark, Master Miller, showed off the original grinding equipment in Bear’s Mill which impressed the tourists greatly because so many mills across the country have been stripped of equipment.
Other mills on the tour were: Clifton Mill, Staley Mill, Tipp Roller Mill and Rock Mill, which is in Lancaster, Ohio and was recently rehabilitated after 100-years of abandonment. Garst Museum, Dayton History at Carillon and many more historic places impressed the visitors as they learned about the world-changing contributions of local leaders and inventors in this area of Ohio.