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Volunteers Needed for Arcola Mills

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Date: September 15, 2011
Contact: Jonathan Moore, (715) 491-6839

Volunteers Needed for Arcola Mills

Historic Site Open in October

Are you passionate about the St. Croix River and its history? Interested in sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with others? Arcola Mills is looking for people just like you to assist with daily operations during the month of October.

From September 30 through October 30, 2011, Arcola Mills will be open to the public daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as a visitor information center for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. It will be staffed by National Park Rangers and volunteers in an experiment that hopes to draw people to this spectacular setting on the St. Croix River.

Volunteers will greet visitors, provide information, assist with programs and events, and perform other duties. Various weekday and weekend shifts are available. Training will be provided. Volunteers need not have a background in history but an ability to communicate effectively with varied audiences, from children to adults, is desired.

People interested in volunteering should contact Jonathan Moore at (715) 491-6839.

Located six miles north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills was the site of a small and prosperous village founded at the start of the lumbering era in the 1840s. Today, the site features the Mower House, a restored Greek Revival mansion built in 1847, and one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the shoreline of the nationally designated wild and scenic St. Croix River.

Arcola Mills is located at 12905 Arcola Trail North in Stillwater. For additional information, visit http://arcolamills.org

Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.