Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Field Trip #7 ~ Thompson's Flour Mill

Thompson's Flour Mill

Gorgeous day. Beautiful drive.
An impromptu field trip to a nearby location we had never yet visited: Thompson's Flour Mill.
Oregon's oldest (1858) surviving water-powered mill.
A private tour (just the boys, my mom, and I).
Lots of history, science, and hands-on activities.
Grinding wheat with a millstone. Sifting flour. Operating grain elevators and augers.
Weighing all the boys on a large scale. Turning large gears. Building a wall with wooden pegs.
Our delightful tour guide even powered up the mill for us so we could see the grain elevators and gears in motion!
The Oregon State Parks Department has turned it into a beautifully restored Heritage Site.
I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area!

Mill Tour

Thompson's Mill 2


Heasleye said...

Fun! Another one to add to the list. :)

heather said...

We have done this twice, it is a great field trip.

Carri said...

How cool looking. Sounds like fun as well. We dont have anything like that here in NYC.

Janie said...

Myrle Thompson was my Grandfather. I used to work at the mill in the summers during high school. Great place to visit. said...

Looks like a great day!Your photos are beautiful.

Ritsumei said...

This looks like so much fun! Would you be interested in submitting it to the Classical Homeschooling Carnival?

Heidi said...

Janie~ How neat is that?! Thank you so much for sharing!

Ritsumei~ Sure... I'll look into submitting it. Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this! It looks like a fabulous place. I am def. taking my kids:)

Tammy said...

What a wonderful educational opportunity for the kids.