The Millhouse and Water Power

Old Mill


Rockford Industrial Ingenuity

The Amos W. Woodward Millhouse, located on the edge of the Museum’s Severin Lake, is a replica of an operating water-powered machine shop. With no flowing water in Severin Lake to drive the wheel, electric pumps are used to deliver water to the sluice.

A century ago much of Rockford’s manufacturing relied on water power to operate their machinery. In 1869 Amos Woodward, the founder of the Woodward Governor Company, invented a mechanical governor which worked in conjunction with a water wheel to operate equipment.  Tour by appointment only.

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Take I-90 to the State St / US-20 Business (Clock Tower) Exit. Take the ramp toward Rockford. Stay straight to go onto US-20 E State St. Turn RIGHT onto STATE ST. Turn RIGHT onto PERRYVILLE RD. Turn LEFT onto GUILFORD RD. Turn left into the museum driveway.

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6799 Guilford Road
Rockford IL 61107

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