Located on the Bob Evans Hidden Valley Ranch, the Evans Family Mill was built in 1983 and was completed April, 1984. Amish craftsmen from Indiana used antique chisels and wooden mallets to shape the huge 16" X 16" white oak support beams. The entire structure, including the knee braces and mortise joints, were carved by hand and anchored with wooden nails. The three-story building is covered with native poplar plank and batten that is stained dark brown. The roof is covered with white cedar shake shingles.
The mill is electric-powered and runs six sets of French buhrstones. The stones turn at a slow 120 R.P.M. to emulate the speed of stones powered by water. The slow speed doesn't allow heat to destroy the nutrients and flavor in the grain during the milling process.
Some of the items produced include pancake, biscuit, muffin, and hushpuppy mixes, flour, and cornmeal. All of the products are available at the mill store locally and through mail order.
Although the mill building is new, it was constructed in the Amish tradition and is an excellent example of a reproduction. Using the French buhrstones to grind grain is a rare milling tradition that the Evans Mill is implementing. ("The Evans Family Mill.").