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‘Barns of Portage County’ exhibit returns on Sept. 30

A chance to see inside Portage County’s oldest flour mill is coupled this year with the popular “Barns of Portage County” exhibit.

Starting on Friday, September 30, and running through Sunday, October 2, each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents can take a peek inside the Rising Star Mill in the Village of Nelsonville and admire the county’s rich agricultural history. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help guide attendees through the space.

“The Rising Star Mill really has become a symbol of the tight-knit community of Nelsonville,” said Rising Star Mill Committee President Jim Walker. “We hope people from across the area come to enjoy this unique piece of local history and see our exhibit during our open house.”

The Rising Star Mill was built in 1868 by Jerome Nelson, for whom Nelsonville is named. The structure was obtained by the Portage County Historical Society in 1985 and has since been cared for by volunteers in the Nelsonville area.

The open house not only includes the exhibit, but also refreshments for purchase, as well as Rising Star Mill and Portage County Historical Society books and merchandise for sale. The event is free to the public.