Franklin Creek Grist Mill is the only true water-powered operating grist mill in Illinois and was built by volunteers. Upper floors feature wood paneling from 43 different species of trees and exhibits from other natural areas. The Mill is available for rent for meetings and special events.
Franklin Creek State Natural Area is located in Lee County, northwest of the village of Franklin Grove and east of Dixon just north of IL Rt. 38. Beautiful Franklin Creek flows throughout the 882-acre park. Several large natural springs, hardwood forests, bedrock outcroppings and a large variety of flora and fauna comprise a pristine ecosystem.
Chaplin Creek Village is an evolving, full-scale historical restoration project depicting a prairie settlement typical of the middle 19th century. Several historically significant buildings and artifacts have been relocated from the surrounding area. Home of the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society, the Chaplin Creek Drafters, the Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders and the Illinois Atlatl Association.
The John Husar Memorial Trail was created in memory of John Husar who was known to many through his poignant and passionate outdoor sports writing for the Chicago Tribune. He believed that everyone should have access to wilderness, soaking in the wonders of the natural world and experiencing its simplicity and mystery.
The Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast located on the historic Lincoln Highway, The Inn, exquisitely re-imagined in a vintage 1912 three-story house, features beautifully landscaped grounds with outdoor hot tub and fireplace, welcoming common areas to include dining room and four-season dining porch, living room, library with free computer and printer for guest use, spa services, sauna, fireplaces, and more.