Beckman Mill County Park


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.

Beckman Mill County Park in Winter

Heritage Hill State Historic Park


greenbay_heritagehillhistmarkerAs its name implies, Heritage Hill State Historic Park is a 48-acre outdoor museum filled with historic structures adorning a lovely hill that offers views of the Fox River, Lambeau Field, and even towards downtown Green Bay (more so when the leaves aren’t on the trees.)  Over 30 historic structures from fur trade-era log cabins to original stores and even buildings from Fort Howard, which gave rise to Green Bay, dot the hill.

During the warm months (sometimes month), you’ll find live interpreters in period clothing running around who will gladly fill you in on the history that abounds. Over 6,600 artifacts are among their collection, some pieces dating back to the 1600s when French explorers first started pulling up on the shores of Green Bay thinking they’d made it to Asia (the Native Americans already there informed them otherwise, of course.)

greenbay_heritagehill02There’s a Belgian farm and Moravian church on the grounds, as well as a newer educational center for classes and program and even events, which are increasingly popular here. Many events take place here throughout the year.

You’ll find Heritage Hill along the east bank of the Fox River in Allouez, just north of where Highways 57 and 172 (the freeway that serves southern Green Bay) meet. Highway 32 is just across the river; I-41 is also just to the west, and Highways 29, 54, and U.S. 141 are just to the north. It’s very easy to get to!

Address:
2640 S. Webster Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301
Website

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Lambeau Field is THIS close to Heritage Hill.