In 1960, E. Mortimer Newlin articulated his vision for the Newlin Grist Mill in the mission he drafted for its newly formed governing body, the Nicholas Newlin Foundation. He had spent nearly thirty years forming his ideas of how to preserve the mill and its surroundings after he first visited in the 1930s. He crafted a thoughtful mission with foresight that continues to remain relevant today. Mortimer’s dream became the principles that have guided the organization for the past six decades.
The purpose of the Nicholas Newlin Foundation is to preserve its land and its historic buildings for the pleasure and education of the public.
In an area of urban growth, the Foundation maintains open land as a refuge for plants, animals and birds, and for the people who come to enjoy them. In an era of high technology, it offers visitors insights into the vanished life of the rural eighteenth century. This two-fold objective of environmental and historical concerns is combined in a single theme wherever possible.
Following the ideals of its founder, E. Mortimer Newlin, the Foundation will strive to enhance its service to the public, while securing its future by managing its finances wisely.
These words guided the Nicholas Newlin Foundation as it shaped the Newlin Grist Mill museum into a historic site, environmental resource, center for education, and recreational facility. Sixty years later, these guiding principles remain relevant today.
This carefully crafted mission seems to have anticipated the future with its focus on saving our disappearing heritage, the need for preserving open space, and the demand for hands-on educational opportunities for the community.
The past year has reinforced the importance of maintaining a refuge for our community and the necessity for ensuring organizational sustainability.
In this 60th year of the organization’s founding, we continue to appreciate the farsighted mission that preserves and protects the cultural and natural resources, makes them available to everyone, and provides a place for education and recreation.