Beck's Mill News and Information


Mr. & Mrs. Chris McNeeley

Beck's Mill was pleased to host the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Chris McNeeley on June 15th. From all of us at Friends of Beck's Mill we wish the young couple a lifetime of happiness.


Countywide Art Show - Displayed at Beck's Mill

Arts Alive Washington County & Beck’s Mill Countywide Art Show had 69 entries. The artwork was on display in the Beck's Cabin during the May Day Celebration.  The People’s Choice winning entries may be seen at the Salem Public library. So much talent is seen in the art work of our youth. The response and support from business in our community very much appreciated.  Sponsors are: Arby’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Papa John’s, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, & Domino’s. Each student that participated will receive a gift certificates from these businesses and certificates of participation.  Danny & Pam Walton’s Guitars, Strings & Things donated a cash award in support of ongoing events for the Arts Alive Organization.  Arts Alive will host upcoming events during the Bicentennial celebration week this fall.

People’s Choice winners are:

Corabelle Tally   11     SHS        1st HS
Andrew Chastain  5yrs. Campbellsburg  1st
Alex Cannello    12      SHS        2nd-tied
Joseph Bortka   12       SHS        2nd-tied
Michaela Cox     10      WW       3rd-tied
John Bortka        9     SHS        3rd-tied
Mercedez Morgan   11    Eastern HM
Melanie Purlee 5        Eastern HM
Wade LaHue      12       SHS        HM
Abigail Bortka    11     SHS        HM
Emma Voyles     9        SHS        HM
Allie Chastain   12yrs.  Campbellsburg  HM
Lizzie Chastain   9yrs.  Campbellsburg  HM
Taylor Rowley    7       Eastern HM
Ashton Soliday  11       SHS        HM
Katherine LaHue  12      SHS        HM


The Grind 10K Run/Walk Receiving Rave Reviews!

- From Facebook Post by Dan L. a Race Participant from Bedford, Indiana

Last weekend’s inaugural running of The Grind 10K was a model of organization, efficiency and attention to detail, and will stand out in memory as one of the best races of this year. Bright and early on race day, the registration tables were up and running ahead of schedule, staffed by cheery, bustling volunteers; there was plenty of time to pick up the packet, warm up, rub elbows with fellow racers, and admire the surroundings. A ten-kilometer course isn’t for the faint-hearted, and this particular route is now etched in the memory of the ninety-one participants as being additionally challenging for the steep terrain in the first mile or so, but the tone behind the comments plainly stated: yeah, I did it!

A seemingly-small detail bespoke a great degree of thoughtfulness: at the finish line, it was a great pleasure to be able to wipe away ten kilometers-worth of stinging sweat from the eyes with the very welcome fresh cotton towelette, and slug down the bottle of water handed to the just-arrived athletes.

The T-shirts are eye-catching, a sunny orange-yellow and sporting a snappy graphic of Beck’s Mill on the front, and the awards were very generous, indeed! Lots of much-appreciated runner-oriented gift certificates, tasteful selections from the Beck’s Mill gift shop, and exceptionally handsome trophy hardware; the ladies really admired the sparkly ribbons adorning their medals. Quite a few pans of savory cornbread will result from all the bags of meal that were issued, too!

The post-race ‘spread’ was an eye-popping offering of fresh fruit, cookies and doughnuts, even hot dogs and bratwurst, with an ocean of bottled water and sports drinks on ice. Runner and walker heaven!

Mag 7 personality Kelly Smith lent his timing expertise and gift of gab to the festivities, and the race results were posted on the website later the same day; slick!

There was a multitude of sponsors and volunteers that contributed a great amount of hard assets and valuable time to this exceptional event, and to call it anything less than a resounding success would be an understatement; the vibe was just that good! Thanks to all involved for a great race; the only improvement that can be made is for all of this year’s attendees to spread the word about this fine event, and return next year with a couple of racing friends in tow!

Dan L. 
The Grind 10k Participant


The Grind 10K Run/Walk at Beck’s Mill

Cook Medical Group, Inc. presents "The Grind 10K Run/Walk at Beck’s Mill" The Friends of Beck's Mill will be hosting "The Grind 10K" Run/Walk on September 14th. The event will start at 9am at Historic Beck's Mill. Race proceeds will benefit maintenance funding for the mill.

This race is part of the Magnificent 7 Race Series and will be computer timed. It is an out and back course, beginning and ending at Beck's Mill. A hill challenge (The Grind) at the start, then slightly rolling, becoming flat and fast with a down hill finish. Your family/group can take advantage of a $10/family trail hike (over 4 miles of trails!) while you compete. Volunteers will be dressed in period clothing and ready to host this great event for all. Post race snacks and drinks will be provided. Early registration fee is $22 (by August 30 2013) and late/race day registration fee is $27. Online registration will be available soon via

Participate in The Grind 10K Corporate Challenge! Any Corporation/Business can let their employees form a team/teams and focus on completing the 10K (less on the competition), forming healthy lifestyle changes and habits as well as solidifying sound team work and camaraderie.

On June 22nd organizers will conduct a training clinic located at the Washington County YMCA from noon until approximately  5pm. Various speakers will discuss nutrition, bio mechanics, proper running/walking shoes and attire, injury prevention and stretching (with class participation), developing motivation, inspiration, and determination, and will conclude with a one quarter mile run/walk. Snacks, drinks, and a training log book will be provided to each participant. So come prepared to learn and dress to move!

Come experience “The Grind” Hill at Beck’s Mill on the Old Vincennes Trail Road and take a Family Fun Hike on the trails at the historic mill.

Print out a copy of "The Grind 10K Flyer" (pdf)


Beck's Mill Mourns loss of their Favorite General

Our community lost Rob Irwin on November 21st 2012 after an unfortunate motorcycle accident.

Rob was known to Beck's Mill as General John Hunt Morgan of the "Morgan's Raiders" and in the past few years put on quite a show along with the 9th Kentucky Calvary. The Morgan's Raiders pride themselves on keeping this event as close to the actual historical Civil War visit that occurred at Beck's Mill.

Rob was concerned that history was being lost and this was one of his ways of educating the youth. One of Rob's fellow raiders commented on how they were worried about him. When asked why He chuckled and said "every year that passes, Rob resembles the General More and More".

Rob did a great job portraying General Morgan and will be missed by all.

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