History Comes Alive at Morris Arboretum’s Grist Mill Demonstration Day


On Sunday, August 19 from 1-4pm, take a field trip through time to Morris Arboretum’s Grist Mill Demonstration Day at Bloomfield Farm (across the street from garden’s main entrance).

Volunteers, including Craig San Pietro, pictured here, will lead tours through the historic feed and flour mill describing and demonstrating the 160 year old machinery.  Visitors will enjoy watching one-ton millstones grind corn kernels and observing the refurbished tail gate, turbine vane controls and cob crusher, transport and sift the ground corn to produce meal.  This cornmeal will be sifted, bagged and baked into muffins for visitors to sample.  Kids and adults may experience grinding their own meal on the pedal powered mill.

Springfield Mills provides a unique view of 19th and early 20th century engineering and agriculture in the Wissahickon Valley, home to more than 60 mills before WWII, but now one of only two remaining that you can tour.

This event is free admission, but donations are appreciated.  For more information, go to www.morrisarboretum.org, or call 215-247-5777.

Photo Credit:  Paul W. Meyer