(34 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)
National Register Site. Historic water-powered mill along the North Skunk River built by John R Sparks in 1845-1846. In 1847, Sparks commenced construction of a grist mill, completing the structure in 1848. Power for the mill originated from a mill pond, the resultant backwater of a large wooden dam constructed across the North Skunk River. According to published historical records, Spark’s mill was a superior operation to that hitherto put up with by the pioneers, who had much trouble in obtaining good flour at the “illy-built makeshift” of mills in this section of Iowa. The mill was greatly prized by the people of the entire county, saving as it did three days conveyance to Oskaloosa over uncertain streams and poor roads. The buhr (grinding) stones of the Sparks Mill were said to have been of the best French make. Note: Credit is given to Eric Sloan, who wrote a book and did the drawings of the mill stones etc.
200 East St.
Lynnville, IA 50143
641.527.2080 or 641.792.9780
Exterior always open
Interior open June-August: 2 – 4 p.m. every other Sunday
See the process of making sorghum from out in the fields, to chopping and processing cane, and bottling of the finest product.
6495 E. 132nd St. S
Lynnville, IA 50153
Tours available mid Sept through first week in Oct (video tour available by appt. during off season)
Places to Stay
On the scenic North Skunk River in historic Lynnville, Iowa, relaxed country setting with a lovely riverfront view. Private rooms with king and queen size beds, six-bed bunk rooms, and luxurious master suite. Linden House Lounge is open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is served at the Linden House Restaurant every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are Burger/Sandwich Nights; Saturday, choose between two or three freshly prepared, home-cooked dinners with all the trimmings. Dinner reservations are recommended but not required on Saturday nights. Sunday mornings enjoy all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and watch our chef prepare your omelet at our omelet station. Open Wednesday through Friday for noon lunches.
202 East St.
Lynnville, IA 50143