Programs

We offer regular programs and events that explore the unique history and environment of Newlin Grist Mill. Whether you bring your family or come alone, and whether you want to bird watch or see the waterwheel turn, we have enriching & entertaining activities for all ages and interests.

Archaeology

The Archaeology Program seeks to evaluate archaeological resources and explore research questions concerning the development of the Newlin Grist Mill historic site. Special events enhance public knowledge and provide opportunities for the public to participate in the archeological process.

Bird Walks

Nature walks are great for exploring the 160 acres of plant and animal life at Newlin Grist Mill. We have a high diversity of bird species here, both seasonal and year-round. Newlin Grist Mill has partnered with Wild Birds Unlimited to host monthly bird walks onsite the last Saturday of each month.

Blacksmithing Classes

If you would like to try your hand at blacksmithing, we have a series of classes for you! Participants will learn skills like drawing, twisting, and upsetting metal while making hooks, nails, scrollwork, and a spoon over the course of four separate sessions.

The Newlin Series

Talks, walks, and more! The theme for this series changes each year and explores different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill’s unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with programs that range from presentations by guest speakers to hands-on workshops.

Pop-Up Naturalist

Join Newlin’s staff naturalist for an afternoon of exciting environmental activities. Look for the pop-up naturalist on the bridge by the Log Cabin and discover the plants and animals that call Newlin home. While specific activities will vary by theme, you can expect to find interactive demonstrations, live specimens, games and crafts, and fun for the whole family!

Tales on Trails

Get your child excited about reading while enjoying the outdoors! Stroll along our Millrace Trail and read along with a picture book as you go. Featured books will rotate throughout the season from May through September.

History at Work

While we typically focus on milling at Newlin Grist Mill, many skills and trades were necessary to making vital products in the 18th century. Join us each month on selected Saturdays from April through October as we explore some of these with our History at Work demonstrations.

Sip Behind the Scenes

These aren’t your typical Happy Hours! Each event in this evening series will explore a different theme, allowing our guests to get a closer look at some of the unique aspects of Newlin and chat with the staff while they enjoy samples of locally-made beverages.

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Newlin Grist Mill’s trails are open!

There are a few changes you need to be aware of before you visit:

  1. Open hours are 7am to 5pm. New gates have been installed at the entrance to Newlin Grist Mill. These gates will be unlocked at 7am and locked at 5pm daily. Please keep this in mind when visiting the park.
  2. Repair work is ongoing and not all trails are currently open. While the worst of the damage has been repaired, use caution and please be mindful of marked trails that remain closed while repairs continue.
  3. The parking lot by the log cabin will remain closed or partially blocked off, as we continue to work on completing repairs.
  4. Restrooms, visitor center, and historic buildings are still closed. Please be patient as we work to rebuild the visitor center and make repairs to our historic buildings.
  5. Please be respectful of our staff and volunteers as they work on repairs throughout the park.