Located in Gardiner, NY, the Tuthilltown Gristmill is the oldest continuously operated water powered gristmill in New York State and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original Gristmill structure was constructed in 1788 by 18 year old Selah Tuthill and used an overshot wheel to power the grinding stones. It is one of three mills which have operated on the Shawangunkill over the past 300 years. During the last two centuries, the mill has undergone a series of upgrades and additions. It is located on the old Albany Post Road, which originally served as the main route from New York to the Capitol for 190 years.
A classic wooden covered bridge crossed the Shawangunkkill at the Gristmill. Until the railroad was constructed in the 1930s, Tuthilltown was the commercial, cultural and social center of the town now called Gardiner.
In the early 1980s, the mill began grinding Kosher matzoh flour which continued until 2003. Though, the Gristmill is no longer grinding flour. The mill has been opened up to visitors, allowing everyone a first hand look at this unique building. Throughout the facility are still the functional pieces of mill equipment, shafts, hoppers, grain elevators, hullers, blowers and the original stone grinding wheels. The mill continues in “working” condition.
Today, the Tuthilltown Gristmill is home to the Tuthill House at the Mill Restaurant while maintaining as much integrity of the original structure as possible. Guests can stroll around the beautiful grounds along the Shawangunkill River, picnic with family and friends, fish, hike or enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner on the deck or indoors surrounded by over 300 years of renovated history.
The Race Road leads visitors to the dam and pond. Along the race runs a 3,000 foot long canal dug by hand in the 1930s to replace the original canal, which delivers water from the dam and pond upriver on the Shawangunkill, to the Mill. The water travels the length of the property to the Gristmill where it pours back into the Shawangunkill, creating the best shower in town.
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