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Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

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Address: 3369 St Helena Hwy No.( Highway 29), St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone Number: +1 707-963-2236
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Description: Built in 1846, this water-powered mill served Napa Valley's farmers who...
Built in 1846, this water-powered mill served Napa Valley's farmers who brought their wheat grain and dried corn to the mill to be ground into flour and meal. Bale Grist Mill has one of the largest waterwheels in the country and still mills grain the old-fashioned way! Visitors can take home organic wheat flour, cornmeal or polenta. Come enjoy what was once a vital part of rural life!
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Best Living History in Napa Valley

Built in 1846, the mill is one of the oldest buildings in Napa County. On weekends you can see the miller at work grinding wheat or corn and telling stories of the history and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Napa Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Built in 1846, the mill is one of the oldest buildings in Napa County. On weekends you can see the miller at work grinding wheat or corn and telling stories of the history and mill works. Bring a picnic and sit near the year round Mill Creek. Take a hike through the hills on a cool day over to Bothe... More 

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El Cerrito, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is one of the largest wooden waterwheel mills ever built, and it is really fascinating. Look for the sign on the front that says that it is "milling today." We were there on a Friday afternoon in July, and I suspect that they are often giving these tours during the summer. Although the guide was tedious in his talk... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a great place to have a picnic. Also if you go at the right time you can see how the mill works. Very cool. Make sure you check the days and hours they are open. You can not get in at all if they are closed. :( Did that once. Came here as a child too, in the... More 

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Eagle, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Do not miss this historic park. The history of Napa is interesting and the tour is not to be missed. Great for young children too.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Well taken care mill, one of the last one in the state of California, both of our children enjoy the historical fact and the demonstrations. A must see spot while in Napa valley

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had a wonderful tour of a working mill. The grounds are well kept clean and the tour guide was nice and very informative. We even left with with fresh Polenta grain. This was a very nice little detour away from all the wine tasting.

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Eureka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Our guide, Mario, packed a lot of information into the tour. If you've never seen how a gain mill works, this is a must. You'll also learn a lot about the history of the area. A top-rate experience that I'll remember long after I'll forgotten the silly castles and wine McMansions of the Napa Valley. If you love wine, see... More 

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Truckee, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was an extremely interesting tour of a working mill. The volunteers go through a bit of history, explain about the mill and do a demonstration. We found it fascinating.

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Calistoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Lovely trails through three types of native forest, an old mill complete with a (seasonally dry) mill pond and freshly milled grain available for purchase*. A glimpse of life in this valley in the days when people pulled together and survived cooperatively, this mill is lovingly cared for and shared by local docents captivated by a sense of what life... More 

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We were not able to go into the Mill since it was closed, but the Park Ranger did come out and turn the wheel to keep it wet on all sides. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed reading about the history on some information signs. We hiked in the area too and that was very nice!

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Additional Information about Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

Address: 3369 St Helena Hwy No.( Highway 29), St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone Number: +1 707-963-2236
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  St. Helena
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5

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