The Wye Grist Mill is located in the Town of Wye Mills, on Maryland's
Eastern Shore. The Wye Grist Mill has been nearly
continuously grinding grain since 1682, and is credited with
supplying a substantial amount of the flour
army during the American
the long and rich history of the oldest commercial operation
in Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties (the county boundaries
run through the mill).
Watch the waterwheel turn the heavy millstones
as they grind grain, with millers explaining the milling process. Explore
our exhibits - featuring over 325 years of grain milling technology
that has been in use here.
Father of the Industrial Revolution
The 3rd United States patent, granted in 1790 and
signed by then President George Washington, was
granted to Oliver Evans for his process to automate grist
Oliver's invention allowed
grist mills to produce a higher quality flour - with much
The Wye Grist Mill was one of the first
mills to be automated with the Evans process, still
in use today at the Wye Grist Mill.
Oliver Evans also invented the
high pressure steam engine, and was the first to design and
build a wheeled vehicle
powered by an engine.
Oliver Evans History
The Wye Grist Mill is open
mid-April to mid-November.
Open from 10:00 to 4:00.
Open from 1:00 to 4:00
Are the first and third Saturday of
each month from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. Millers demonstrate
the traditional stone grinding process.
A $2 donation per person is suggested.