Stony Brook Grist Mill C. 1751

photo by James Brisciana

Historic, Working Grist Mill

Long Island’s most completely equipped working Grist Mill, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In earlier times the mill was the center of community life. People exchanged news and gossip as they waited for the miller to grind their grain. In the 19th century Alois Kopriva played the violin, entertaining his guests with gypsy music. Kopriva was also an advocate for women’s right to vote.

As recently as the 1940’s, farmers still brought their wheat and corn to be ground at the mill. Miller Schaeffer ground natural wheat at the mill and shipped his “health food” to customers in 42 states.

The Stony Brook Grist Mill is open to the public for guided tours with a miller Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 4:30 p.m. mid-April through mid-October. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

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