About the Property
The Stony Brook Grist Mill, Long Island’s most completely equipped working mill, is listed on the National and New York State Register of Historic Places.
During the 1800s, a vineyard was planted on the island in the Mill Pond. Catawba grapes were pressed and fermented in the Stony Brook Grist Mill, bottled in Brooklyn and sold at a nearby tavern. 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 a miller by the name of Alois Kopriva who emigrated from Poland, played the violin and entertained his guests with gypsy music. Kopriva was also an advocate for women’s right to vote. As recently as the 1950’s, farmers still brought their wheat and corn to be ground at the mill. Miller Schaefer ground natural wheat at the mill and shipped his “health food” to customers in 42 states.
About the Program
The adult program at the Stony Brook Grist Mill invites its guests to learn about the inner workings of a mill and trace the evolution of industry in America from the early 18th century to today. Visitors will hear about the owners and workers of the mill and how it has developed over 320 years. After the program, the Country Store will be open for your shopping pleasure.
Adult Fee: For groups of 20 or less, $8 per person. For groups of 20 or more – the 20th person and so on, $6 per person.
Location: The Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751
Address: 100 Harbor Road Stony Brook NY 11790