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.

Public Archaeology

Regular Public Archaeology days at Newlin Grist Mill give visitors a chance to get involved with the history beneath their feet! Ongoing excavations help us understand the history of the site while involving the public.

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

The Pop-Up Naturalist is a self-guided program, ongoing from April through October. Visitors to the Park can check out our signage with fun facts, self-guided nature explorations, and exciting challenges!

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” Happy Hours

Newlin’s unique series of informal happy hours feature a local brewery, winery, or distillery each month! They take place at the Log Cabin from 6 to 7:30pm on the second Thursday of the month from April through June, and again in September and October.

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