The Venue

The Mill Site is located just blocks from charming downtown Anoka, MN.  Built in 1907, this historic space features many of its original architectural elements including wood beams, high ceilings, arched brickwork and beautiful views of the river. Your photographer will love our location! Nestled on the Rum River, surrounded by walking paths, and right next to the Riverfront Memorial Park, The Mill Site is an exceptional site for wedding portraits and all photo opportunities – it’s unique charm makes this the perfect venue for any occasion.

History of The Mill Site building:

In 1907, the Mill Site building was constructed out of reclaimed bricks from the fallen chimney of the Washburn Mill, which was located just a couple of blocks south on the Rum River. The local youths were paid to clean the bricks at the rate of $1 per 1,000 bricks. Construction of the building was complete by December of that year and that is when the Pease family moved their printing operations to this location. The Anoka Union newspaper was printed here from 1907 to 1953.

The Mill Site building has since been home to various businesses up until spring of 2019 when the building was purchased by Darrin and Emily Larson. Work began immediately to restore and remodel the building into the event space that it is today.

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