Volunteers have spent years restoring this sawmill. Up through the 1950s, many farmers had home sawmills, just as Daniel Nelson did during the mid-19th century. These were powered by canvas or leather belts on early tractors. These mills had rotary cutting blades that left markings on the cut boards. Now housed under a lean-to, the sawmill is used during special events and programs, such as our annual Fall Festival.

A Note to Photographers

Please call our Director Mac at 641-672-2989 or email her at to get permission to come take photographs of the property. This is not an open site and permission is necessary so we can let our property caretaker know.