The Florence Mill is Nebraska's oldest business site and the only remaining structure that links the eras of Overland Pioneer Trails and Territorial settlement. It was almost lost to ruin. Instead, it made a career change from an obsolete elevator into a cultural attraction connecting agriculture, history and art.
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The Florence Mill plays an important role in the vibrancy of historic Florence. Nebraska's first gristmill went from ruin in 1998 to recognition in 2012 as a Hidden Treasure of Heritage Nebraska and selection as a Nebraska Tourism 2016 Passport site.

It houses the Winter Quarters Mill Museum, telling the story of its pioneer founders and evolution of the grain industry. It hosts a country-themed Farmers Market each Sunday, June through September, with educational presenters, live music and 4th Sunday Kids-day & pony rides. The second floor ArtLoft once stored grain sacks, but now hosts changing art exhibits and Connor Meigs Art Award, a national Merit-Award given to launch a recent BFA-graduate's art career. Recipients have come from Phoenix, Michigan, New York, California, Kansas, Korea and Omaha. Most arrived knowing nothing about Omaha but leave loving it. The first weekend of October the Mill is southern anchor for the North Hills Pottery Tour: a two-day celebration of of ceramic arts.

2016 restoration goals include rebuilding the dilapidated cob-shed.
"We love the Florence Mill because it has a GREAT atmosphere! A feeling of a rural setting in the middle of Omaha!" - Sarah N.

"I always enjoy visits to the Florence Mill and the festive atmosphere of the Farmers Market makes the trip even more worthwhile. I enjoy the variety of vendors at the market as well as being able to see the current exhibit at the ArtLoft on the 2nd floor of the Mill." - Gail S.

"We have lived in the area north of The Florence Mill for 17 years. I have seen the Mill convert from a run down, worn out building to a vibrant asset to the Florence / Omaha community. This latest venture for the mill, that is, hosting a farmers' market, is a neat deal for everyone -- the Mill, the vendors and the customers. The market is an opportunity for the Florence and the greater north Omaha area to have access to fresh, locally grown produce." - John G.