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Gray's Grist Mill
Bristol Co. | Massachusetts | USA | Prior-1700
Township: n/a | Watersource: West Branch Westport River.

Official Website: www.graysdailygrind.com


Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

Gray's Mill is one of the Country's oldest continually operated grist mills.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

It was established before 1700 and documented by deed in 1717 as belonging to Philip Taber.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

The mill was part of a blacksmith shop until 1750 when it became a grist mill. The millrace tunnels right under the mill.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

In 1880 it was purchased by Philip S. Gray and since that time has been in the Gray family.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

The old mill is still operating, selling their products, with a gift store and coffee shop on site.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

Most of millpond is in Adamsville, Rhode Island across Adamsville Road/Sr 179 from the mill.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

Gray's Mill Pond is fed from the West Branch of the Westport River.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

In 1980, Ralph Guild, a New York City business man, who summers in Westport Harbor, bought the mill. Several runs of stones visible in photo, the left none hooked to the stones crane.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

The stone crane, possibly corn meal stone set, and at far right, a Meadows Mill.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

John Hart had one stipulation when he sold the mill: it must continue to be run as a working mill. A different view of the grindstone sets.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

Two dedicated millers; Roland Grayton Hart and his Son, John Allen Hart, kept Gray's mill going non-stop for over 100 years. John Hart had over 62 years experience. Pictured are more mill related museum specimens: far left a corn sheller, close right possibly a cornstalk chopper.

Gray's Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/14/2014

A one pound cloth bag for Gray's Johnny Cake Corn Meal.GPS: 41° 33.33' N 71° 7.57' W ele 7'/2 meters Providence Quadrangle

The storms may roar about me, My heart may low be laid, But God is round about me, And can I be dismayed? "In Heavenly Love Abiding" by Anna Waring 1823-1910
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Directions: The address is 638 Adamsville Rd., Westport, Mass. Just across the Mass. state line from Rhode Island. Most of millpond is in Rhode Island.

 
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