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Wayside Inn Grist Mill

72 Wayside Inn Road, Massachusetts 01776 USA

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Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Wed 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“The first working mill built as a museum”

The Wayside Inn Grist Mill is the first working mill to be built as a museum. Commissioned by Henry Ford and designed by renowned hydraulic engineer J.B. Campbell of Philadelphia, work on the Mill began in 1924 by local workmen preparing the waterway from Grist Mill Pond. Built in the style of mills that operated in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania and in the Midlands area of England, the mill operates with millstones imported from France and high-quality 18th century milling machinery purchased by Ford's antiques buyers.  The Mill produced flour for King Arthur Flour Company from 1967 to 1969. In 1969, the Inn began to operate the Mill, hiring its own full-time Miller. The current Miller has worked at the Inn since 1977. The Grist Mill currently produces 5?15 tons of flour per year (depending on demand) which is used in the restaurant?s baked goods and is sold in the Inn Gift Shop.

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Reviewed by
Steph

  • 39 Reviews
  • 27 Helpful
March 24, 2016
Rated 4.0

This stop was extremely picturesque and very open. It was family friendly and there was a lot of room to roam the area around the mill and the stream and lake that feed it. It would be a beautiful location for a picnic or even just a quick walk about to get out of the car. We were tired, but the scenery invigorated us a bit until our next stop!

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Wayside Inn Grist Mill

72 Wayside Inn Road
Massachusetts
01776 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun, Wed - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking
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