November 18, 2019 -- Wayside Grist Mill
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, using stone as the main building material, instead of wood that is typically used in mills in this area. The mill operates with millstones imported from France and high-quality 18th century milling machinery purchased by Ford's antiques buyers.
The mill started grinding on Thanksgiving in 1929. From its start, the intention was to be a live demonstration museum and, though not continuously, continues today. The Mill produced flour for King Arthur Flour Company from 1967 to 1969. In 1969, the Wayside 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 for baked goods in the restaurants of the Wayside Inn, just down the road and also sold in the Inn Gift Shop.
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