Jenney Grist Mill
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The Jenney Mill is a recreation of the first mill built in the United States. It launched the beginning of industry and free trade in our country.
The mill is operational and runs as it did when it was originally built in 1636.
The Mill is located in the heart of the Plymouth historic district, a seven minute walk from the waterfront and a five minute drive to Plimoth Plantation.
The Mill is open to visitors from April throughThanksgiving weekend. Group tours are available in the off-season. Scout programs available year round.
Meet the miller, dressed in period clothing, who will take you back in time as he tells of the importance of the mill to the survival of the colony and the stories of struggles and faith.
Visit mid April to mid May and see thousands of river herring migrate up Town Brook by the Mill on the way to spawn.
Tour the Jenney Grist Mill, or reserve 'Discover Plymouth’s History – A Walking Tour' or Forefather’s Monument Tour in advance.
School Group Programs
The Jenney Grist Mill offers each student a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors and raises their cultural awareness by connecting them with the people, places, and ideas of the first settlers, who came here in the 17th century searching for a new way of life.
The Jenney Grist Mill affords hands-on and interactive opportunities for students and teachers. Applications apply directly to math, economics, physics, science, earth science, environmental science, technology, engineering, history, social studies, language arts, reading, writing, art, and family and consumer science.
Curriculum units based on the Jenney Grist Mill experience afford teachers the opportunity to connect on-sight visitations to the classroom and are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and aid in MCAS preparation.
Topics covered include 17th Century Plymouth and Massachusetts history, colonial industry including simple machines and how they work together to make a complex machine, colonial jobs and learning by apprenticing, the barter system and how it led to our current economic system, colonial agriculture and the use of corn as a staple, the development of tools, technology changes past, present and future, water power and energy, family life in colonial times and words and meanings.
The Grist Mill is open to the public from April 1st through Thanksgiving weekend.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day except for group tours with a reservations
Group tours are available in the off-season. Scout programs available year round.
Tours are approximately 30 minutes. Reservations are suggested.
Tours of Jenney Grist Mill
Reservations are suggested
Adults: $6 age 18 years and older
Children: Age 17 years and under free with a paid parent or grandparent.
Reduced rates for groups of 15 or more.
6 Spring Lane Ste 2, Plymouth, MA, 02360 map
Take Route 93 South to Route 3 South. Get off at exit 6B, Route 44 West, towards Carver. Go to the second set of lights. Take a left at these lights, Pilgrim Hill Road. CVS is on your left. At the end of this road take a left, which is Summer Street. Spring Lane is a few miles down on your right. There is a sign saying Jenney Grist Mill Village. Take a right onto Spring Lane. The Mill is on your left. Free public parking is a few yards past the mill.
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