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Wye Mills in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wye Grist Mill and Museum

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
1. Wye Grist Mill and Museum Marker
Inscription. Out of hundreds of mills on the East Coast in colonial times, only a few survive, and fewer still operate. As the oldest working mill in Maryland (1682), the flour producing “grist” mill in front of you has participated in three centuries of war, nation-building, industrial invention and agricultural heritage. During the American Revolution, the Wye Grist Mill and hundreds of others like it on the Eastern Shore shipped barrels of flour via the Chesapeake Bay to the Continental Army, commanded by General George Washington. Historians dubbed the Eastern Shore “the Breadbasket of the American Revolution.”

Prominent past owners of the mill include Richard Bennett III, Edward Lloyd III and IV (owners of Wye House) and Colonel William Hemsley, Commander of the Queen Anne’s County militia and provisioner to the Continental Army, 1779-1783. Oliver Evans, “father of the modern factory” and first great American inventor, used the Wye Grist Mill in the 1790's to formulate automation ideas that revolutionized American factories.

The Friends of Wye Mill, a local visitor-supported charity, not part of any government, lovingly preserves and operates this mill, grinding flour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. The Mill is listed on the National
Wye Grist Mill and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
2. Wye Grist Mill and Museum
Register of Historic Places. “Millers” sell flour and offer tours April - November 10:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday - Sunday; and demonstrate flour grinding every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. The mill is closed November - April.

Please help us keep the mill running: Friends of Wye Mill, P.O. Box 277, Wye Mills, MD 21679.
 
Location. 38° 56.514′ N, 76° 4.863′ W. Marker is in Wye Mills, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Maryland Route 662 0.1 miles south of Maryland Route 213, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wye Mills MD 21679, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wye Grist Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); A Brief History of the Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); So, How Does a Mill Work? (within shouting distance of this marker); Wye Oak House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wye Oak * National Champion White Oak (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Wye Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chesapeake College (approx. one mile away); “Cheston on Wye” (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wye Mills.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on Grist Mill wall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
3. Marker on Grist Mill wall
The Wye Grist Mill Circa 1682 The Wye Grist Mill, one of Maryland's oldest commercial buildings, has operated almost continuously grinding Eastern Shore grains. Placed in 2000 by John Waller Chapter (Maryland) National Society, Colonial Dames XVII Century
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,600 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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