Newlin Grist Mill
219 South Cheyney Rd.
Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 459-2359

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One might think of a grist mill as simply a building with some machinery in it. Not so. The design, as can be seen at the Nathaniel Newlin Grist Mill, is an ingenious double structure, the interior separated from the exterior so that the vibrations caused by the machinery do not impair the integrity of the building overall.

Nathaniel, the son of Nicholas Newlin, built this mill 1704. It operated through several changes of ownership and under various names until, as the Concord Flour Mill, it ground commercially for the last time in 1941. In 1957 E. Mortimer Newlin, 9th in descent from Nicholas, bought the Mill, the nearby Miller's House, and three and a half acres of land and created the Nicholas Newlin Foundation to preserve this fascinating bit of history for the public to enjoy.

The park today encompasses some 150 acres. The gristmill was authentically restored, and this beautiful working mill is just one of several historic features that can be explored.

In 1739 Nathaniel Newlin III built a stone house for the Miller, beside the Mill. In 1810 a third floor was added, however, in 1962 the Foundation removed the third floor and restored the house to its original appearance, including its 18th century furnishings.

In 1975 a Blacksmith Shop was built around an old forge, using the forge's field stones. It houses a fine collection of old tools of the trade.

The park features other buildings, some modern and one a very old Spring House which was moved brick by brick to its current location. Several miles of paths wind through the property for nature walks. Picnic tables may be reserved, and fishermen can take advantage of a well-stocked stream for a fee. No license required. Special events are featured throughout the year. Call for a calendar.

Tours are fun, educational, and make for a great family outing any time of the year. Groups are welcome, too, and School Groups can participate in programs covering a number of interesting topics that can be adapted of any age. Suggestions include a Colonial History program which explores economic and social development, using the Mill, House, Barn and Blacksmith Shop. Math and Physics studies can be done in the Mill exploring concepts of gearing ratios, gravity, simple machines, and more. Environmental studies can encompass the stream, ponds, meadows and woodlands. Newlin Mill staff will work with teachers to develop an ideal program for their students.

Spring and fall, as with most places, are busiest at Newlin Mill with school groups, so book early if you want to visit during these seasons.

Hours: Park open 8am - dusk. Office, 9:00am - 4pm daily.
Fee is charged for tour of historic buildings. Call for details.
Most School Programs cost $5.00 per student.
Group Reservations: Make reservations as early as possible.
Lunch: Picnic areas available.
Handicapped Access: Partial access. Call.
Directions: Rt. 30 West to Rt. 1 South. About 14 miles to Glen Mills. Newlin Mill is on Rt. 1 between Cheyney Rd. and Scott Rd. 30 - 60 minutes west of Philadelphia.

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