I discovered Hyde’s Mill while wandering the back roads of Southeastern Wisconsin. The old mill, located in a picturesque valley where farmers grow corn and the trees stand tall is a quiet place.
Built in 1850, the wooden mill wheel no longer turns. Hyde’s mill is on private property and I couldn’t get inside where I suspect there are remnants of old machines and perhaps a few remaining artifacts. There is a grassy area on public land along the road where people were enjoying a picnic on the day I was there.
To me it looks like a wonderful place to sit and wonder at an earlier time when the owner made a living milling wheat and grinding corn.
Today it may be a good place to take a child fishing or just lie back on the grass and watch the sun move across the sky.