Saturday April 19
Historic Bowens Mills Presents:
2008 Celebration of Spring & Annual Plow Day


Historic Bowens Mills "The Celebration of Spring" presents their Annual Spring Plow Day. A Family Fun Saturday that begins in "The Bowens Mills Gathering Place", with live baby animals, spring time displays, demonstrations, and springtime photos printed while you wait. And continues throughout the historical park with outdoor springtime activities.  Hours are Saturdays in April noon to 5pm.

The "Old Fashioned Plow Day" begins with The Teams of draft horses plowing at 9 in the morning for all of the visitors to watch. There will be several teams of draft horses & plowing demonstrations though out the day followed by a barnyard pull in the afternoon.  In the past there have been as many as 21 teams of horses plowing and they come to the mill to plow, from all over the state of Michigan.

All through history the planting of the fields and large farming tasks brought people together to lighten the work and make it more enjoyable. Plowing the soil in springtime at Historic Bowens Mills brings together groups of friends and neighbors lending a helping hand in preparing the ground and planting seeds for an assured good crop in the harvest season.

It is a day to come and spend time at the farmstead of Historic Bowens Mills and experience the beauty of draft animals at work in the field. A time to share in the pleasure of celebrating spring and the plowing of the fields, with people interested in teaching and learning the skills, and to enjoy the beauty of their work.

"It is a yearly, celebration of the spring turning of fertile soils that began here in 1992" said co owner Carleen Sabin. "If you have a team and would like to join in our Annual Spring Plow Day, Please come, we'd enjoy having you here."

Inside "The Bowens Mills Gathering Place", there will be "The Miller's Wife Store". &  Bowens Mills Studios Photographer will be on hand for Children & Family Spring Portraits. The Photo CD's are available at a cost $25.00.

There is no admission charge to the Gathering Place. There is only a $3 admission to the historical park that includes a free horse drawn wagon ride and a barnyard horse pull at.  Other attractions in the park are the mountain men at the "Fork River Trappers Trading Post", along with corn meal grinding demonstrations at the Old 1864 Grist Mill, woodworking in the "Ye Ole Craft Shoppe" and the 1850s one room Moe school house and the 1840s Plank house will also be open.

Some find the quiet of the historical park a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Others draw energy and inspiration from the outdoor experience. But all who come there are enriched in some way by the magnificent beauty of nature and history when they visit.

Historic Bowens Mills is a visitor supported, second generation family owned and operated State Historic Site. Their mission is to preserve the history of days gone by for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

The Old & Majestic Mill is located Midway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.  Just 2 Miles North of Yankee Springs State Park on Briggs Road - near Gun Lake.

Living History with Civil War Re-enactors in the Historical Park. "The Gathering Place" will feature: Springtime photos by Bowens Mills Studios.  For more information call 269-795-7530 or visit


The 19 acre Historical Park now consists of :

 1864 Grist & Cider Mill The antiquated four-story building’s main floor houses a working Water Powered Cider Mill and Grist Mill and a Museum.  There is a Blacksmith Shop, a Water Powered Machine Shop in its lower Level.  The third floor has been transformed into a quaint and cozy living quarters. The top floor has a lot of old machinery, gears, and pulleys still in that area.
1840’s Two Story Plank House, the oldest house in Bowens Mills
   1850’s One Room School House, moved to the mill, the oldest one room school house in Barry County
  1860’s 11 Room Victorian House built by the Bowens
   A Post & Beam Barn, home of Belgian Draft Horses and many other farm animals.
   A Quaint Covered Bridge crosses the Old Mill Stream
   17 foot Water Wheel completed in 1999
“Ye Ole Craft Shoppe” an artisans woodworking and coopers shop
  “The Bowens Mills Gathering Place” a huge Arts & Entertainment Center for displays, social events, meetings, conferences, & performances plus a Gift and Antique Shop 
  “Fork River Trappers Trading Post” A Log Cabin that was completed in 2002
●  "Granny's Kitchen" Restaurant prepares Hot Apple Dumplings with Ice Cream, warm Donuts, Chili, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Potato Salad and drinks.  Cider by the glass or by the gallon are also obtainable.
  "The Saw Millers Cabin" down by the Old Mill Stream
 "Line Camp Cabin" located near the "Trappers Trading Post"