Mill at Anselma
Operating grist mill with three centuries of rich agricultural and industrial history
Get a genuine taste of the past at this operating grist mill. Once a month, volunteer Millers grind locally grown grains just as farmers did three centuries ago. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the demonstrations and tours, and visitors can purchase Anselma’s own stone-ground whole wheat flour and cornmeal.
Visitors are free to walk the grounds year-round, watching wildlife or just picnicking with the family. In winter, the grounds are also a favorite among cross country skiers and snowshoers. In the summer, the Mill plays host to a Wednesday afternoon Farmers and Artisans Market.
Built in 1747, the mill remained a center of community life for three centuries, grinding the flour for food and animal feed that sustained local farmers and their families. Now a National Historic Landmark, it was restored to operation in 2004.
As in the past, today’s millers are focused on age-old community values – the production of flour, one of our staple foods, the challenges and rewards of running a small business, our interdependent relationship with the environment, the importance of flexibility and adaptability during changing times, and the sustaining values of family, neighbors and rural community life.
The Mill at Anselma offers tours and flour grinding demonstrations, connecting visitors to a rich agricultural and industrial past. You may decide to actually taste the past at a flour grinding demonstration, when you may purchase Anselma’s own stone-ground whole wheat flour and cornmeal.
Grinding demonstrations once a month, when you can see a working miller use the antique equipment to turn grain into flour.
You can see several distinct periods of history in this mill, which also functioned as a local barbershop, post office and machine shop.
Call to Action
Through the efforts of The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust, this nationally significant grist mill site has been restored and returned to operation for the enjoyment of families, schoolchildren, tourists and scholars.