Old Wye Mill

Old Wye Mill, Wye Mills: Hours, Address, Old Wye Mill Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Wye Mill
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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We will be closed Sept 4-6 due to the Labor Day Holiday. Our Mission To preserve and operate the Old Wye Mill as a working grist mill and interpret the water-powered grist mill to explore, with the public, its history, technology, and cultural significance.
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Angela
Philadelphia, PA2 contributions
We stopped here on a late October Saturday and had the place to ourselves. Mike, the excellent guide, gave us his full attention; he explained the detailed Mill history and provided a step-by-step exploration of how the Mill works from the ground floor up to the Milling floor. We are so glad we stopped, because Mike made the Mill and its history come to life, literally, as he started the waterwheel that turns the grinding stones. We bought some Mill-ground cornmeal and delicious jellies. Definitely worth a stop!
Written 23 May 2022
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Ingrid L
Grasonville, MD275 contributions
A nice historical find on the Eastern Shore Md. The grounds are nice for families and they get to see the oldest working grist mill in the United States. Bring fishing rods for the kids. The museum is very interesting and has some great finds in the store from homemade jellies to pottery etc. I went to an event that showcased colonial cooking, kids games etc. Something for everyone.
Written 9 May 2021
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Ben_Theretoo406
Chevy Chase, MD3,337 contributions
Savoring a gorgeous sunny day sandwiched between unseasonably cold and forecasted wet ones, Ben and Mrs Too took a short side trip from Kent Narrows to Wye Mills, Maryland. Ben’s family were farming in the Carolinas before George Washington was born, and Mrs Too, is a second generation Polish-American from Massachusetts. Neither of us had really thought of colonization in Maryland prior to the Ark and Dove, and were quite delighted to learn that our adopted state has so much unlearned history.

The mill is located in a quaint, prosperous-appearing community of tidy lawns, fresh painted churches, in short, a locale prototypical of a rural colonial village. By and large, the mill is no more than a stop for viewing and resting. There are tours at certain times, but unless you hit it just right, you will walk the grounds, read the signage, and perhaps, like us, take a load off and park on one of the tables along the tailing mill stream. In fact, when TripAdvisor asked if this was a good place for young’uns, he checked YES feeling that bringing a picnic bag from the Colonel or some other purveyor would make a big hit with the tykes. For the added memories of the area and the minimal cost, if even any, a real addition to a vacation in the community.
Written 22 October 2019
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Kmywalker3
Westminster, MD55 contributions
We stopped at the Mill on a whim to give the kids a break from a long drive. I can't tell you how glad we were to stop. The lady in the mill was amazing and, despite the mill being small, there's so much fun for the kids. We spent an hour there and while we were there the kids used little mills to make corn meal and the lady spent a lot of time with them. They also had a great deal on flour/ corn meal and jam that is made right at the mill! I can't wait to use some of the recipes I got and make some homemade fresh bread! I really can't say enough nice things about our visit and neither can the kids. This is a must go! Don't just pass it on the road... Stop! :-)
Written 17 August 2019
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HistoricHomeLover
Wye Mills, MD40 contributions
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The Old Wye Mill, in Wye Mills, Maryland is both a working grist Mill and a museum that showcases the history of farming on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Mill was built in 1682 and has been in continuous operation since then, grinding corn, wheat, and other grains with it's massive grindstones. The Mill is powered by an " overshot" water wheel that utilizes water from the Wye East River, and is the oldest water powered grist Mill in the US. Flour from the Mill fed George Washington's Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The milling system at the Mill was invented by Oliver Evans, who went on to build gristmills for both George Washington at Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

Knowledgeable docents take visitors through the Mill, and several interactive displays let them experience firsthand various early milling inventions. On the first and third Saturdays of each month, from May through November, visitors can watch grain being stone ground. It's fascinating seeing and hearing the grindstones working and the waterwheel turning!

The Mill is located in a small village where there are other historic sites, including the Old Wye Church (circa 1721) the Wye Mills Methodist Church (circa 1793), a 1700's schoolhouse, and the Wye Oak State Park. It's just one mile off of US Route 50, and well worth the visit. There are many historic homes in this area that date back to the 1600's and 1700's. I highly recommend spending a few hours or days exploring this wonderful area of Maryland that showcases our Colonial heritage. Between this and Annapolis you can really appreciate the beautiful homes, gardens and buildings that were created by our forebears.
Written 7 August 2018
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wayne h
Elkton, MD91 contributions
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Wye Mills, Maryland is located just off RT#50 in Talbot County (The Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay), and has three unique things going for it: The Old Wye Grist Mill, Old Wye Church (Anglican-Episcopal), and "beatin Bisquits." We can explore the last two later, however, in this review we will look at The Mill..........A visit to the Mill should encourage you to find the others as well as the famous Wye Oak.

The Old Wye Grist Mill is one of the oldest operating Grist Mills in the Unioted States. With a large pond of water directly across from the Mill, a continued source of water is guaranteed. This Mill, unlike most others, is NOT just a tourist stop. This Mill fully grinds and sells Flour, and Buckwheat Flour that makes some of the best natural tasting breads, muffins, etc. The Mill is operated by volunteers, and not only is it a lobor of love, but an actual product producer.

Also, the demonstration that you see is (again), not for tourists, but it is used to produce the fine flour that comes from Red Wheat. The Mill is open on weekends and some week days in season (summer, Fall). I have loved visiting here, and enjoy the other two or three places within several blocks of each other....and you will also.

You can call or go online to talbotcountytourism.com to find additional information.
Written 17 March 2018
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
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The Old Wye Grist Mill is a landmark with much of history of the rural farmland community area. The Mill was restored to the operational condition so visitors can actually see how the mill work. There are much to read about and to understand the mechanical of the Mill. Instead of relying on the water from the river, the community reservoir was built so water can run through the mill. The reservoir itself serves as a recreational spot in the middle of the town also.
Written 18 February 2018
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99cooks111
Hershey, PA771 contributions
Couples
This is not only wonderful for the history but, the possibilities of fully rehabilitating this mill and providing world class hard to find products are endless..

We stopped in on November 29th. There is no charge for this but a donation is appreciated. They had closed for the season, but were there packing some things up for the winter. We were immediately given a hospitable welcome, and first hand tour of everything. We were treated like family. We also were able to purchase several products from a 350 year old grist mill. I can't wait to taste what they will produce. Definitely a highlight of our time on the eastern shore.
Written 1 December 2017
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Thomas B
Sandy, UT73 contributions
Family
I'm glad we stopped on our day drive from Washington DC. If you spend more than 15-20 minutes there you must be a history nut. But it's a good place to let the kids run while you read the interpretive signs and view the mill pond. Can't beat the cost, it's free!
Written 23 October 2017
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tcfJEN
maryland9 contributions
Solo
I was passing through the area and noticed they were open so I turned around to check it out. They happened to be grinding flour, so it was cool to see the old mill still in action! The folks inside were awesome! And full of information about the mill and the area. Definitely worth the short detour off Route 50 to see this little gem! I Highly recommend at least a quick visit.
Written 14 October 2016
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Old Wye Mill is open:
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