May, 2010 -
The Wolcott Mill Car Club recently
finished restoration of the gas pump that was part of the mill's complex of buildings. The several year project was accomplished through the expertise of the members and donation of their own money to obtain parts. Originally, the pump sat outside between the mill and small barn. It was removed for protection and stored until this project was undertaken. It will become part of the truck garage display that is also a project of the car club. Currently, the club is looking for donations of items that would fit into the context of a 1920-1940 garage. Such donations can be made by contacting the mill.
The Car Club has been of great help to the mill through the above projects, restoration of the mill's 1927 Model T dump truck, sponsoring an annual car show at the mill, and representing the mill with the Model T at Greenfield Village's Old Car Festival in September.
Many visitors enjoy a hike along the scenic trails at Wolcott Mill Historic Center. Parts of the trails follow the North Branch of the Clinton River. Other sections traverse fields, woods, bluffs, and wetlands. Three trails are open: Millrace Trail - 0.6 mile, Mother Earth Trail - 0.7 mile, and Settler's Trail - 2.2 miles. The Mother Earth Trail has a brochure that provides informatrion about American Indian history in the area. Dogs are welcome on the trails, but must be on a leash as a courtesy to other visitors and to not disturb wildlife. Major sections of these trails have been made possible through Eagle Scout projects. We hope you enjoy these trail and share your thoughts about them with the staff.
Weddings are becoming increasingly popular at Wolcott Mill Historic Center. The ambience of the historic buildings and the attractive grounds make this an ideal setting for that special day ceremony. For a reception afterwards, another part of the park, Camp Rotary offers an activity center and a pavilion that can be rented. To check on availability, requirements, or questions about the historic center, call them at 586-749-5997, or for Camp Rotary, call Stony Creek Metropark at 586-781-4242.