The first floor of the Mill was full of wonderful things. It was mostly a museum but we fed people here, had music concerts, displayed Nancy’s collection of feed sack clothes and quilts. It was the home of the big safe and the feed mixer and the Mill equipment museum. I will talk more about it in future pages.
One of the best loved features of the Mill museum was the diorama of Freedom Falls. It was on loan to the Mill by the Pumping Jack Museum and located in the room that connected the Emporium with the first floor Museum.
Before I move on to more of the Mill, I thought I would devote a page to the window dressings for the Emporium. Nancy and Sally Vereb were the ones who put these together with a little lighting help from myself. Nancy learned how to make the snowflakes from U-Tube and found the carolers and snowman.
Nancy Hillwig and Rodney John were both vendors at the Emporium. Nancy did Steelers and crafts and Rodney did beautiful indian jewelry. We also discovered that Rodney and his daughter were musicians and they preformed for us one Saturday night during the 2014 summer season.
Leona Hanna is from Harrisville and does really cool crafts. She has wonderful painted characters on slab wood and had soaps and candles and little owls. She decorates sleds and has something for every season.
Linda Hansford lives in Knox and paints wonderful pictures on slate, wood and canvas. She loves animals and will create a portrait of your favorite animal friend for you. She also makes hand made greeting cards.
Jean is another of the original antique dealers with the Mill who worked with Barb. She lives in Butler and always has interesting additions for her bookcase of antiques.
We had some inventory at the Emporium that was on consignment although that was not our business model. Both sets were from people closing out houses. One set was from a fellow nut grower friend of Nancy’s and the other was a very generous family from Chapel on the Hill that asked that the proceeds be given to a Romanian orphanage.
Sally Vereb is the owner of the Button House in Foxburg and had a wonderful display of buttons at the Emporium. She also helped us decorate the Emporium window and the Mill for each season.
David Newbury is the owner of the Bridge Antiques building in Emlenton and very generously moved his entire inventory to the Mill so that we could open the second floor of antiques. The picture is of myself, Paul Newbury, in the Emporium, with my Amazing Stitches Emlenton Mill shirt. Happy first day of Spring.