Old Wye Mill Opens 2021 Season

Opening Day Features New Exhibit, Music and Food

Old Wye Mill invites you to a festive Opening Day on May 1, following a year of closure due to the public health crisis. OWM is one of Maryland’s most remarkable places: the historic grist mill is the oldest continuously operated water-powered mill in America, and Maryland’s oldest continuously operating business. In case of rain, the event is postponed to June 5.

On Opening Day, visitors will enter the Mill in small groups from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., receiving timed entry tickets. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing during your visit. The interior features a new panel exhibition explaining the operation of the Mill and its history, while Docents and Millers will be on hand to demonstrate and interpret the Mill’s operation. Suggested contribution is $2/person.

Welcome to Old Wye Mill!

Step into the past and experience the sights and sounds of one of America's oldest water-powered mills!

Our Mission

To preserve and operate the Old Wye Mill as a working grist mill and interpret the water-powered grist mill to explore with the public its history, technology, and cultural significance.


Old Wye Mill engages people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests in experiential learning about the social, geographic, economic, technological, and nutritional significance of grinding grain in a working, water-powered grist mill that has been operated at the site from the 1600s to the present day.


More About Old Wye Mill

How We Got Here

The Old Wye Mill is located in the town of Wye Mills, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is the oldest continuously operated water-powered grist mill in the U.S. and the oldest commercial structure in continuous use in the State of Maryland. Founded in 1682, the Mill has a long and fascinating history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Revolutionary War, the Mill was called upon to provide flour for George Washington's troops.

Seasonal Opening Hours

May 1 - end of October

The Mill is open every Friday and Saturday. We will be grinding on the

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

(except for 7/3, the Mill will be

closed for the Holiday)

10:00 - 3:00

Please check back for updates, we hope to be open additional days in the near future. 

You can purchase stone-ground organic and conventional flour, cornmeal, grits, and other products. Please call (410)-827-3850 or email oldwyemill@gmail.com to make arrangements!

Thank you for your interest in Old Wye Mill. We hope to see you soon!


Old Wye Mill Services

Old Wye Mill has earned its positive reputation because we go out of our way to provide truly exceptional service to each of our customers or visitors. Read on to learn more about what we can do for you and how you can help the Old Wye Mill grow.


Discover the long and rich history of the oldest commercial operation in Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties (the county boundaries run through the water wheel and the mill).


Watch the waterwheel turn the heavy millstones as they grind grain, with millers explaining the milling process, on the 1st and the 3rd Saturday of each month May - mid November.


Explore our exhibits - featuring over 335 years of the food processing technology used here.


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