Wye Grist Mill
Wye Mills, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Wye Grist Mill was constructed in 1682 at the headwaters of the Wye East River. Today it is the oldest working mill in Maryland. The community of Wye Mills was established around the mill, reflecting a time when the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers - not roads - were the main transportation routes. The mill ground flour for local plantation owners and farmers, but the bulk of products were shipped along the Wye River and Chesapeake Bay to the cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia, and ultimately to Europe. During the American Revolution, the mill shipped flour up the Bay to General George Washington's Continental Army warehouses near the Elk River.

Visit this classic community mill and go back in time to experience how the Bay's rivers powered and transported the region's early farm products. These waters still turn the grindstone today.

Location / Directions: On the Eastern Shore, take US Route 50 to route 662 to the small community of Wye Mills.
Physical Address: Wye Grist Mill
14296 Old Wye Mills Road (Rt.662)
Wye Mills, MD 21679
Mailing Address: Wye Grist Mill
Friends of Wye Mills
Wye Mills, MD 21679
Phone: (410) 827-6909
Activities: Demonstrations of the mill on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: Late-April through May weekends 10 AM - 4 PM. July through early November Thursday - Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM.
Fees: $2 donation requested.
Size: 1 acre

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