Dexter's Grist Mill is a tiny gain mill. The original version was built in in 1637. It was an operational mill until 1881. In the early 1900's, it was used as a Tea Room for the elite from the New England area. Eventually, it shut down and fell into disrepair.
In 1961, the town of Sandwich decided to do something with it. They found the original 1637 blueprints in the town archives. With this historical information, the town people began searching the Cape area for old structures that were failing down or were already torn down with reusable wood set aside. Now they had old beams, crossboards and siding that was used back in the 1600 and 1700. They rebuilt the mill to exact replica as the old one plus a few required code issues like electricity and life safety issues.
The mill is fully working. Pay the fee and go on the tour. It's about 15 minutes. Two gentlemen split the experience. One goes through the history of the mill. The other does a live demonstration of grinding corn. They let you taste the corn meal they just ground. You can buy bags to take home and cook with. They explain many other things that make the fee work it.
While the mill tour and demonstration are cool, the whole area around the mill is just beautiful. There is a large pond with live swans swimming around. The town church with a beautiful steeple is across the street. The Town Hall with the Greco-Roman pillars is beautiful. A drinking water fountain at the base of the mill is pumped directly from an underground spring. It's drinkable as is.
Please stop and see this serene beautiful stop. If the little kiosk is open, stop and pay the tour fee. If it's not open, at least walk the ground to see the beautiful setting.
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