“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.
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
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