Stony Brook Grist Mill in Brewster goes way back. In 1663, the country’s first grist mill was built on this site. In 1873, a “fulling” mill was built here, which shrank and thickened fabric, one of many manufacturing enterprises in this then-bustling community. Today, both milling and weaving take place in this picture-perfect 19th-century factory village, using the same kind of equipment used back in the day. Demonstrations are interesting and often interactive.
An enormous water wheel turns outside, and corn is milled inside. Sacks of it are for sale for a nominal charge. Do try the Indian Pudding recipe.
From mid-April to early May, witness one of the more dramatic pulsations of nature as the brook flashes with alewives, or herring on their way upstream to their spawning grounds. You can’t help but cheer them on, given their recent decline in numbers.
The museum contains artifacts from American Indians and settlers.