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“I learned a lot here”
Review of Plimoth Grist Mill

Plimoth Grist Mill
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Admission to Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill
Ranked #8 of 70 things to do in Plymouth
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Owner description: Plimoth Grist Mill is a restored and fully functioning grist mill located on Town Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts, only a few minutes away from Mayflower II and the waterfront. The mill is a reproduction of the 1636 mill built by the Pilgrims in Plimoth Colony, and construction was completed in 1970. The mill runs on Saturdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 pm, where you can see our miller grin corn into cornmeal. On non-milling days, let our tour guides show you around and explain the history of the mill from 1636 onwards, discussing the effects local industry had on the environment as well as the steps being taken to preserve the ecology of the Town Brook area today.
DeWitt, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 399 helpful votes
“I learned a lot here”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

I didn't expect much, but after coming here I was glad I did. I learned a lot about how grain was milled for hundreds of years before the onset of more sophisticated machinery.

Do you know how millstones worked, and how the grooves carved in them functioned? What went into and came out of a mill, and how a mill was powered? What a customer brought home from the mill and how he/she used it? What "corn" really meant four hundred years ago? I learned the answers to these and many more questions in a fairly brief visit, less than an hour.

My one regret was that I had no scheduling flexibility on my trip and could not come back on one of the days when they actually run the mill. If you have that flexibility, you might want to check in advance when the mill is operating as it would be even more interesting.

There's free parking near the mill and a nice pond with ducks and swans, a pleasant bonus.

You won't need more than an hour or so to see this, but it will be time well spent if you have any interest at all in history and/or machinery.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Joe H
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A wealth of gristmill information”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

If we had it to do again, we probably would have skipped this part of tour and just concentrated on the Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II. However, since we did walk to the reproduction of the Grist Mill that was built on this site in the 17th century, we found the docents to be informed and forth-coming with all aspects of the operation. There is a working model of the mill that demonstrates how water powers the grindstone from a single crankshaft. The children seemed to enjoy the hands-on activities at the end of the tour. The mill race was beautiful as well.

Visited August 2014
2 Thank Andrew C
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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“worth the trip”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

there was nothing that I didn't like about this place.great food great scenery,awesome place.where it is situated right in the garden area in Plymouth is what makes it so attractive.

Visited August 2014
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2014

I was skeptical at first - thought it would be boring. It wasn't. Lots of interactive activities for children of various ages.

Visited July 2014
Thank Ronald F
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Didn't go inside, but interesting to see the outer workings”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Very nice grounds, and walked the path down to Plymouth Harbor. Kids enjoyed seeing how the gristmill works.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank PointsWellTaken
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