Mills Community House Association
891 Michigan Avenue, PO Box 421, Benzonia, MI 49616
231-882-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours by appointment only.
The Mills Community House is located in the heart of Benzonia, on U.S.-31 and just up the hill from Crystal Lake and the village of Beulah. The distinctive red brick building, built in 1909 as a dormitory for Benzonia Academy, became the Mills Community House in 1925, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been used as a public venue throughout its history; a gymnasium, meeting location, sponsor of educational and cultural programs, and home to the Benzonia Public Library.
The Mills House was deeded from the Congregational Church of Benzonia to the Mills Community House Association, a newly formed 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, in 2002. The board of directors is made up of community supporters who believe in the value of this historic landmark. The mission of the Mills Community House Association is to “provide a venue for arts, cultural, and educational opportunities and experience in Benzie County through the renovation, preservation, and operation of the historic Mills Community House as the center of these community functions.”
Providing a venue for arts, cultural, and educational opportunities and experience in Benzie County, events and activities booked at the Mills help support and maintain this lovely historic structure.
Several organizations use the Mills Community House facility to present public programs, concerts, theater, lectures, and educational activities. The Benzonia Public Library has been the middle floor tenant of the building since 1925. They also regularly utilize the other levels for their book and puzzle sales, craft classes, author programs, ice cream social, and holiday party. The Benzie Area Historical Museum regularly presents programs in the upper hall. The Benzie County Players, a community theater organization, has used this same venue for presenting plays and theatrical readings several times a year. The Benzie County Community Chorus' summer concerts are also a featured event in this acoustic performance space. Is it any wonder why "Community" is our middle name?