Graue Mill


Graue Mill

Bring the civilians in your house to the Civil War Encampment at historic Graue Mill and Museum August 30-31 and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

Re-enactors from the 10th Illinois Volunteer Regiment and their families will spend the weekend at Graue Mill, camping out as Union soldiers and demonstrating what life was like in a Union Civil War Encampment in 1860! There will be black powder firing events, marching drills, authentic clothing, food and toys from the period and much more!

The 10th Cavalry Regiment, also known as “Lincoln’s Own,” was mustered from Sangamon County, Illinois men. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment is dedicated to showing living history of the lifestyles of the 1850’s.

Graue Mill, the only gristmill in the Chicago area, was named for Fred Graue, who started up his grinding wheel in 1852 with water from Salt Creek. The mill ground grain for the next 70 years. Fred Graue was an ardent abolitionist, hiding escaped slaves from the South in the basement of the gristmill. The museum’s “Graue Mill and the Road to Freedom” exhibit features photographs, documents and other media to illustrate the story of the Underground Railroad in DuPage County.

Graue Mill and Museum are located at 3800 York Road in Oak Brook. For more information, call (630) 655-2090.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just minutes away from Graue Mill, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.