The Old Wye Grist Mill is located in the town of Wye Mills, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is the oldest continuously operated water powered grist mill in the U.S. and the oldest commercial structure in continuous use in the State of Maryland. Founded in 1682, the has a long and fascinating history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Revolutionary War, the Mill was called upon to provide flour for George Washington's troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Discover the long and rich history of the oldest commercial operation in Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties (the county boundaries run through the mill).
Watch the waterwheel turn the heavy millstones as they grind grain, with millers explaining the milling process, on the 1st and the 3rd Saturday of each month May - October.
Explore our exhibits - featuring over 325 years of the food processing technology used here.
Father of the Industrial Revolution
The 3rd United States patent, granted in 1790 and signed by then President George Washington, was granted to Oliver Evans for his process to automate grist mills.
Oliver's invention allowed grist mills to produce a higher quality flour - with much lower labor expenses.
The Wye Grist Mill was one of the first mills to be automated with the Evans process, still in use today at the Wye Grist Mill.
Oliver Evans also invented the high pressure steam engine, and was the first to design and build a wheeled vehicle powered by an engine.
More Oliver Evans History
VOLUNTEERS ARE TRULY NEEDED IF YOU HAVE A PASSION OF HISTORY !
The Wye Grist Mill is open from May to mid-November.
Monday thru Saturday
Open from 10:00 to 4:00.
Open from 1:00 to 4:00
Are the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Millers demonstrate the traditional stone grinding process.
A $2 donation per person is suggested.