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Water Mill Museum is so grateful for our supporters. Without you we could not keep our 1644 grist mill grinding.

As reported in our last two newsletters, the restoration and repair of our street facing wall has become a TREMENDOUS undertaking. (Note some of the rotting and disintegrated boards in the photos).

Although the museum is closed, the work goes on daily. Please feel free to stop by the mill and see the progress of the project.

Rick Muller, our head carpenter, and Ray Sachtleben, who we recently welcomed to the team, are happy to answer your questions.

We hope we can depend on your support to help us to complete this project and keep our community's historic treasure alive for generations to come.

For whatever you are able to contribute, we are most grateful.

Jeanne White, President


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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

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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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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 November 23, 2017

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