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Old Wye Mill, Wye Mills

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Wye Mill is the oldest continuously operated grist mill in the United States, located at Wye Mills, Queen Anne's County and Talbot County, Maryland, United States. It is the earliest industrial site on the Eastern Shore in continuous use; dating to the late 17th century. It is a wood-frame, water-powered grist mill, with a 19th-century 26 HP 10ft Fitz steel overshot wheel. The mill retains nearly all of its late-18th-century equipment. The Wye Mill was one of the first grist mills to be automated with the Oliver Evans process, which is still in use today.
The Wye Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • Fantastic historical landmark we just happened upon taking a detour. This place is the oldest operating grist mill in the US and oldest commercial building in the state of MD. Basically an operational museum, you can tour the facility and buy fresh ground cornmeal and grits. Highly recommend a stop here.
  • Nice place. Nicely maintained, rather informative. The woman working there was very helpful with information about the mill and the local area.

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