Started in 1971 by a group of volunteers, known as “the gang”, they endeavored to restore the dilapidated 1855 Grist mill and surrounding buildings. The Purpose of the Prater’s Mill Foundation is to protect, preserve and present the heritage go the Prater’s Mill Site for future generations.
Prater’s Mill is also a member of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM), an international organization chartered in Maine in 1972 dedicated by its constitution to promote interest in old mills and other Americana now quickly passing from the present scene. The Society reports to its members through a quarterly magazine, keeps files and maintains a library on mills, and acts as a clearing house on milling information. A wealth of information and links to mills internationally can be found at the Society web site, SPOOM.org.