Today, March 25, 2018 we watched the second half of Larry’s documentary/story of the Bonneyville Mill, Elkhart County’s most notable tourist destination. Narrators of his story script include Pastor Tim Burchill and our classmate, Dick Herath.
The Bonneyville Mill, a grist mill that uses water power to turn the stones that grind the grain, most often ground corn into corn meal, and wheat and buckwheat into flour. Not many mills made buckwheat flour and the Bonneyville was notable for that. In the early days, the role of the mill in the community is important to know so that we can understand its continued existence.
The Indiana State Historical Society has designated the Bonneyville Mill as the oldest continuously operating grist mill in the State of Indiana. It is also the oldest commercial building in Elkhart County.
Today, Bonneyville Mill is a picturesque destination that attracts photographers and visitors from all fifty states and many foreign countries. Powered by the river’s mill race corn meal, wheat flour, and buckwheat are still produced by the mill’s two grinding stones. Visitors can watch the nineteenth century ways of how grain is reduced to flour and corn meal, and children can learn where their food comes from before it appears in the grocery store.
The documentary will first be available (soon) on DVD, and a little later as a digital download to rent or to purchase. You can keep track of the news about it by visiting www.BonneyvilleMill.com As always, the very special “Searcher’s“ discount will apply.
There is a film “trailer” on that site, but here is a shortcut to it.