During opening hours, visitors are welcome to “mill around” and learn about the history and process of grist milling at Wade’s Mill.
Visitors can view an example of the ground breaking, fully automated milling system invented by Oliver Evans in 1790 which moved grain and flour through all steps of the milling process without manual labor, in a system of buckets, conveyors and chutes. Evans received U.S. Patent #3 for his invention, which was the first fully automated industrial process in America.
The historic water wheel operates Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – noon and Sundays 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
If you arrive early, you might even be asked to help the Miller start the water wheel!
Guided tours with the Miller are available for groups of 6-20 people. Please see “Group Tours” for more information.