See Inside the Old Grist Mill That Still Sits Along the Erie Canal

Grab a peek at the old-fashioned way grain used to be processed!

Along with many other sights we no longer see, old grist mills are a part of vanishing America. Prone to fires, particularly after being outmoded and abandoned, many of the old mills are no longer standing. This Erie Canal Mill was built in 1855. The same family has owned the mill since 1900 and it is still in operation today.

Grain mixers and feed sack equipment on the first floor. Via/ Library of Congress
Above the feed sack stacks you can see the shaft that drives the mill on the second floor. Via/ Library of Congress
The scene on the second floor, which contains the stairway to the third floor, bag storage, and grain separator. Via/ Library of Congress
Hopper for the second floor grain separator. Via/ Library of Congress
The third floor houses the ventilator. Via/ Library of Congress

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