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Opening Day at Old Wye Mill

May 1 event features music, food, new exhibit


Old Wye Mill invites you to its Opening Day on May 1, following a year of closure due to the public health crisis. OWM is one of Maryland’s most remarkable places: the historic grist mill is the oldest continuous­ly operated water-powered mill in America, and Maryland’s oldest continuous­ly operating business. In case of rain, the event is postponed to June 5.

On Opening Day, visitors will enter the Mill in small groups from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., receiving timed entry tickets. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing during your visit. The interior features a new panel exhibition explaining the operation of the Mill and its history, while Docents and Millers will be on hand to demonstrat­e and interpret the Mill’s operation. Suggested contributi­on is $2/person.

Opening Day will feature a festive mix of outdoor demonstrat­ions, sales, music, and hands-on activities.

While awaiting their timed entry slot to visit the Mill’s grinding floor, guests may purchase organic and convention­al flour and cornmeal produced onsite by the Mill; try their hand at grinding on a replica quern (hand-operated mill); and watch re-enactors demonstrat­ing colonial cooking techniques. They will enjoy musical entertainm­ent in traditiona­l styles by Greg Remesch (banjo) and Rebekah Geller (fiddle).

The Wheeler Family Deep Fried Seafood and YoJavaBowl food trucks will be selling their specialtie­s. Picnic tables are available.

Old Wye Mill is located at 900 Wye Mills Road (Route 662), in Wye Mills, near the intersecti­on of Route 662 and Route 404. The Mill is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointmen­t at other times, May 1 through Oct. 31. Please visit for more informatio­n.

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