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Membership dues provide support needed to help us fulfill our mission to maintain our centuries-old namesake structure and to explore and share our hamlet's unique history with our neighbors, friends and future generations.

Dues are $25 for individuals and $30 for families and entitle you to a 10% discount in the Museum shop.

The Water Mill

the Mill 1960s

In colonial America, mills powered by water or wind were the most advanced form of power. They were used to grind grain, saw wood, full cloth, tan hides, weave fabric and make paper. Water mills or windmills appeared in every colonial settlement.

The story of this water mill begins in 1640 when a group of English colonists came to Southampton.

The mill was built in 1644 and has been used for many purposes throughout its history.

In 1968 a project to restore the mill as a museum began and this historic grist mill was grinding grain once again for the 1976 bicentennial.

Today the Mill and Museum is owned and operated by the Water Mill Museum Inc., a non-profit organization.

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October 8

Bowls of Plenty Benefit
sponsored by the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons
Water Mill Museum Quilt Raffle Drawing

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Museum Gallery 11am to 2pm

October 10

Water Mill Museum closes for season at 5pm

October 12

Water Mill Museum Annual Meeting
10am at the Museum

All are Welcome - Please join us
Refreshments will be served

2016 Raffle Quilt

This year the Museum is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of its very first quilt raffle.

raffle quilt on bed

raffle quilt side detail

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raffle quilt top detail

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This year's Raffle Quilt is a queen-size quilt. It will be on display at the Museum from May 26th until the drawing for the lucky winner on October 8th at our annual Bowls of Plenty benefit.

Those interested can also view our first raffle quilt, which was created by Museum members in 1976 to commemorate America's bicentennial. Years after it was raffled off the quilt was sold back to the Museum and now hangs on the third floor as part of our permanent collection.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Museum starting on May 26th. The money raised through the raffle is an important source of income for the Museum.

The winning ticket holder need not be present at the drawing - he or she will be contacted soon after the drawing and arrangements will be made for delivery.


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Our Mission

The mission of the Water Mill Museum is to preserve its historic water-powered grist mill, the other buildings at its site, its museum collection and inform the public about the history of the mill, the hamlet of Water Mill and the hamlet's cultural and natural heritage.

The museum's collection will contain items that best depict the many past uses of the water mill building, the agricultural base of the hamlet's first 300 years and the commercial, cultural and social development of the hamlet of Water Mill from 1644 to the present.


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Updated October 7, 2016

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