Throwback Thursday: Grist Mill at Wayside Inn

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 11:57 AM

Across Massachusetts there are landmarks that welcome visitors to explore local history. Tiny pockets of what life was like before our modern conveniences. In Sudbury, the Grist Mill at Wayside Inn has operated as a functional mill and as an educational tool since the early 1900s.

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The Mill may look like it was built in the 1700s, but it’s actually much younger. Built in 1929 by industrialist Henry Ford, the mill grinded wheat, corn, and rye for Wayside Inn and a boys home on the property. Ford actually had it built with antique millstones and machinery to show that ancient technology could still be functional. In 1952, the mill was used by Pepperidge Farm and was turned into a museum, to demonstrate how grist mills were used. The Mill is still in operation and produces flour for the Inn and is available in their gift shop.

Have you ever been to the Grist Mill? We’d love to hear your memories and see your pictures of the Mill from your visit. Share your stories and pictures by sending them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.

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