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Restoration Group Hosts Local Garden Tour to Raise Funds for Grain Mill

This weekend you have a chance to taste, see and smell some local gardens!

Jeanie Brown definitely does not have a secret garden because she’s inviting people to come tour it on Saturday, August 17.

And four others are opening up their gardens to visitors, too.

It’s all to raise money to help restore another blossoming feature in downtown Manton: the old Phelps Brother’s Grain Mill, built in 1900.

Beverly Monroe, Chairman of the Manton Area Heritage Restoration Group, said, “We wanted to keep an agriculture connection and people with gardens can see what they can grow.”

The restoration group already fixed the roof, some doors, and widows, but they still have a long way to go.

Monroe says it’s worth it.

“We want the community to be involved, we want them to be proud of this project and see this as the monument as it is,” she says. “I mean, this is the tallest building in town and it’s visible from so many sides.”

It’s an irreplaceable piece of history that people like Brown want to make part Manton’s future.

“Every little town has a story, every little settlement has a story,” she says. “And if you destroy all of those antique things then the story kind of loses a little flavor.”

Tickets to the garden tours are $15 per person, $25 per couple in advance.

Or $20 per person, $30 per couple if purchased the day of the tour.

Children’s tickets are half price with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Advance tickets are available at Bostick’s Drug Store, or by calling (231) 824-3238.

Tickets may be purchased at the old grain mill in the day of the tour. You can also check out the .