On the long drive home after their first visit to the Iola Mills property in 1996, Tom Fucik said to his wife Melody, "I can think of no good reason why we should buy that property, but I still want it." She replied,"me too" and the rest is history. Since then, the Fucik's have fallen in love with the property and area. They began working full time on it following Tom's medically-induced retirement in 2002. "Developing this property following my brain surgery has been an enormous struggle physically, financially and emotionally, and yet my only regret is not starting sooner. In saving, restoring, and developing Iola Mills and its contents, we hope to show visitors, guests, and residents just how wonderful and unique this area was and is.