Fair Grove Historical and Preservation Society

 

 

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The Fair Grove Historical and Preservation Society was created several years ago, with the initial goal of preserving and restoring a grist mill located at the center of Fair Grove, Missouri. It is one of the premier attractions of its type in the region, and is a living museum depicting life at the turn of the 19th century, into the early part of the 20th century.

This mill was originally known as the Boegel & Hines mill, but after changing hands several times became known locally as Wommack Mill.

The mill itself is located next to a small stream which usually doesn't run. Instead of attempting to build a mill pond with a very small drainage area, the decision was made to make the mill steam powered.

It that era, a mill quickly became the central business for a community and that's what happened in Fair Grove. It attracted people from the surrounding area who needed to grind grain, and trade for goods used in their daily lives.

The Historical Society wanted to restore the mill building for posterity. In an effort to raise money, we decided to host an annual fair which became known as the Fair Grove Heritage Reunion.

The Heritage Reunion has been held every year for over forty years on the last full weekend in September, and on those two days tens of thousands of people attend every year. There are hundreds of craft booths that are limited to handmade or original crafts or antiques.

There are also musical groups, demonstrations, a parade and many other events, and it's all free. You'll pay for parking, and there's plenty of food to buy, but you can really attend for very little money if you want.

The Historical Society also has other events. There is a Christmas Tree lighting on the first Saturday evening in December, and an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social on the third Saturday in July.

Wommack Mill is an attraction that is frequently used by photographers looking for a primitive or pastoral background. Many weddings and reunions are held annually, and you can rent and reserve the grounds for your events by filling out an application here.

You're always welcome to attend any of these events and meet the friendly people of today's Fair Grove as we celebrate our history.

 

2019 Heritage Reunion Program

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How To Contact us

While most of modern society is used to quick connections to nearly everybody, we at the Historical Society take a more laid-back approach. Your first method of contacting us is via the Applications page. Most of your questions are answered there.

This is a summary.

 

Renting a booth at the Heritage Reunion, which will be held September 28th & 29th, call Leah at one of these numbers:

(417) 759-2807

(417) 894-4960

 

If you want to rent the Mill, visit the applications page. All of the rentals are handled by paperwork.

 

The only accurate mailing address (Google doesn't allow us to advertise a PO Box).

Fair Grove Historical Society

P.O. Box 93

Fair Grove MO  65648

 

 

Ice Cream Social

 

The Ice Cream Social is an old-fashioned event that fits in with the turn of the 19th Century. It's held on the third Saturday in July each year from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the grounds at Wommack Mill.

  • There will be ice cream and desserts for sale, along with tea and lemonade from the Historical Society.
  • The Fair Grove Senior Center will have drinks for sale.
  • Hilltop Pizza will have pulled pork and brats.
  • The Mill will be open and grinding, so you and the kids and grandkids can see how it actually works!
  • We want classic cars, trucks and tractors displayed, so bring yours and park in front of the mill so everybody can admire.
  • There will not be a fireworks display in 2019. The fireworks in past years had been provided by the Parks Board.

Music will provided by two entertainers.

  • The Missing Man Trio from 5:30 - 6:30
  • Sarah Smith, who is from the Springfield Conservatory, from 6:30 - 8:30

 

 

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