The Sawmill Museum
What you will see at the museum!
Lumberjack Camp: A recreated 1888 lumberjack camp for kids, and adults young at heart, to play and live as a lumberjacks and jills. Check out the lumberjack camp scavenger hunt to unlock life as a lumberjack.
Struve Mill: Follow a piece of lumber from a rough cut slab to a smooth chair leg.
Vintage & Replica Sawmill: On the first Sunday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30, see our restored 1920's sawmill in action. For a limited time! Come see Bill Michael's model of an early 1900's sawmill and lumber yard. It's a replica of a mill used out in California.
Family Corner & Midwest Lumber Train: Whether it's a ride on our train or partaking in a craft, families will never want to leave.
Camanche's Pearl Button Boom: On loan from the Camanche Historical Society, this great exhibit features the tools of the trade, models of the boat used, and great clamming facts.
News & Events
For a full calendar visit our Events Page:
Special Programming (All Programming Included in Admission)
Mar 1, Saturday, 1pm – 3pm Mardi Gras Party
A day of decadence. Mardi Gras games, crafts, and a party. Come dressed up!
March 2, Sunday, 1:30pm-2:30pm: Sawing Date
Come see our vintage sawmill turn logs into lumber.
Mar 8 Saturday, 1pm-3pm Woman’s History Month Day
Well behaved women seldom make history, but this Saturday, there will be a day full of crafts showing the roles of women in history.
Mar 15, Saturday, 1pm-3pm St. Patrick’s Day Party
Can you catch a leprechaun? The museum will be full of gold coins waiting to be found
Mar 22 Saturday, 1pm-3pm Usher in Spring
A whole day dedicated to planting seeds for our garden and your garden.
Mar 29 Saturday, 1pm-3pm Laura Readdy Water Colors
Learn how to paint a masterpiece with the help of Laura Readdy. She will teach you the techniques needed to make stunning masterpieces.
For a limited time, check out Bill Michael's model of a vintage early 1900's sawmill and lumber yard.
Become a Sawmill Volunteer: Every Thursday from 5pm-6pm, come to the museum to learn about being a sawyer, docent, "train" engineer, educational volunteer, or whatever you like!
Book your Kid Birthday Party in our Party Room: $3 per person. The room is yours for two hours.
Support the museum by giving a gift.