Visiting a Grist Mill

Since we were already headed to the northern part of our state for Colette's snowboarding camp, we decided to take a field trip to a grist mill near that same area, as she's currently studying bread making for her "homesteading skills" course.

A grist mill, in case they're unfamiliar to you, was a very familiar sight in most small towns of centuries past.  This is where people would've brought the grain they grew to be ground into flour.  This particular mill was built in 1798 and recently restored.  It still stone grinds grain today, although not under the power of the water wheel anymore, but with electricity.

The water wheel would've turned the giant gears in the basement of the mill.  The gears there today were reproduced from fragments of the original gears found in the mud of the excavated basement.  I believe the video presentation we watched said that they were reproduced by the owner's 13-14 year old son who was "quite precocious with wood".  I was impressed!

Upstairs was the hopper, into which the grain would be dropped to grind between the two heavy mill stones (contained in that wooden box on the floor).

They grind all sorts of different type of organically grown grain at the mill today.

Colette, studying the bags of flour and trying to decide what to purchase.  In the end, whole wheat bread flour and a bag of chocolate chip pancake mix came home with us.

Then we walked to the Littleton Diner, which has been winning culinary awards for its pancakes.  They make their pancakes from the mill's flour!

And I must say, that I thought it was the best pancake I've ever had!...soft and fluffy, yet hearty and gently chewy. 

That bite missing from my pancake?  It was Colette.


  1. What a great place to visit:-) Pancake looks pretty tasty too!

  2. I have visited the gristmill and the Littleton Diner with both family and friends over the years. The gristmill products are wonderful -- and I love the way the diner features as many local food sources as possible. Littleton has some great shops, too, especially Village Books!

  3. I popped into Village Books too! Fun shop! Wonderful town to spend an afternoon in!

  4. Hi Kate, Thanks for visiting ! :-)
    Aren't Grist Mills just WONDERFUL!!
    I enjoyed seeing your post, and I am seeing that we have other things in common as well!
    At the very top of the list being the LORD!
    Many Blessings, Linnie

  5. Hi, Linnie!

    Yes, grist mills ARE wonderful! I've enjoyed seeing the reenactors at Old Sturbridge Village operating the one there too!

    Always nice to find another sister in the Lord!



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