The cultural-historic jewel is open for all interested individuals and parties for collaborative work, sightseeing, cultural events, projects of nature and environment, celebrations and weddings. With the restoration of the building ensemble being completed, the next objective is the creation of a culture- and adventure garden on the area of the former kitchen garden and farm pasture land. The meadow orchard, already planted in 2013, a farm garden with a herbal spiral and beehives are integrated parts of the new project. Altogether this will be populated by the Mill’s free range chickens living in the farm yard since 2015. As an example for the future, visitors, in particular children, should be able to experience grain farming in all stages: From “Who will reap must sow” to milling the grain and baking whole meal bread. As in the mill’s wood, where numerous wooden sculptures and giant trees stimulate the fantasy of people of all ages, the new garden is meant to be a special place, where they can take part, discover, experiment and learn together.
The mill, until freedom of trade was introduced in 1869, was a “Zwangsmühle” (Compulsory Mill). Thus, local farmers within a radius of 60 km, were bound to have their grain milled in this mill. For centuries the watermill in Karoxbostel used to be the economic and social centre of the region. Since the middle of the 1920s the mill increasingly lost significance and the operation of the mill and sawmill eventually closed down. With this, the entire property was increasingly left to decay. The centre of Karoxbostel and its region, hundreds of years old, was successfully reactivated by restoring the mill. Today the watermill has become a lively, busy and friendly place again.