At our reconstruction of the Plymouth Colonists’ original 1636 mill on Town Brook, take a fascinating look at the mill’s history and workings, from the 200-year-old millstones grinding corn to the ecology of the brook that has powered mills throughout the centuries. Be sure to take home some of our freshly stone-ground organic cornmeal. It’s a taste to give thanks for!

What will I see at Plimoth Grist Mill?

Waterwheel

Outside the mill you’ll see how water diverted from Town Brook provides power for the 14 foot diameter waterwheel.

Mill interior

Inside, on the grinding floor, you’ll see the 54 inch diameter bed and runner stones, and learn how they work together to mill or cut the corn into finer and finer pieces. On grinding days, watch as the miller orchestrates the water wheel, gears, and stones to turn out delicious, fragrant cornmeal.

Mill gears

Downstairs, you’ll come face to face with the mill’s gears, including the massive face gear and the smaller wallower or lantern gear. Working together, these gears translate the vertical power of the water wheel to the horizontal power needed to turn the runner stone.

Basket of dried corn

Our Millers fulfill actual orders for grits, cornmeal, flour, and other grains! Learn about how the millstone grinds different products, and what can be cooked with them.

bridge over a brook in a grassy field

Learn about the ecology of Town Brook, the waterway that powers Plimoth Grist Mill. In the spring, you might see herring running upstream to spawn. Walk the path along the brook that ends in Brewster Gardens in Plymouth Center.