Richfield Historical Society (RHS) invites all to its 24th annual Thresheree & Harvest Festival. This is RHS’s largest event and features field demonstrations of steam engine threshing, log sawing, plowing, and draft horses. See a steam-powered sawmill, antique engines, trucks, and tractors. There are plenty of children’s activities as well. The event is accompanied by live music, and various delicious food will be offered, making it a lovely outing in the park!
The Messer-Mayer Flour Mill, built in 1873, will be in partial operation and available for tours. The mill was last operated in 1954, and it sat abandoned until the Village of Richfield purchased it in 1998 and granted a long-term lease to RHS for its restoration. Since then, RHS volunteers have put many thousands of hours into getting the mill back into running order while keeping it faithful to its original construction. As always, tours of all the park’s historical buildings will be free. In addition to the mill, visitors can visit the miller’s house, the Lillicrap House (Welcome Center), the Motz log cabin, the Messer log barn, and the granary. Reconstructions of historic buildings include the blacksmith shop, sugar shack, and horse shed.
The mission of the Richfield Historical Society, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, is to discover, collect, preserve, and promote the history of the Village of Richfield.
*The Tower Heritage Center is not involved in this event, but we are happy to promote our fellow county historical organizations!