Centered on an original grist mill constructed in 1868 along Racoon Creek, the 52-acre grounds of Beckman Mill Park offer both historical education and recreation near the Illinois border west of Beloit.
The mill has been fully restored and continues to work. You can learn about the mill, explore the dam, have a picnic, stroll across the river on the footbridge, and check out a vintage garden, a fish ladder, a blacksmith shop, a saw mill display, displays in cooperage, and several nature trails.
The Mill itself has a long history, including renovations in 1925 and 1999. A Visitor Center opened in 2006 and several events, such as Progress Days in spring and Heritage Days in fall, bring even more activities to the park.
Beckman Mill is just south of Highway 81 along County H, six miles west of Beloit.