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Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum

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Address: 830 Stony Brook Rd, Brewster, MA
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So beautiful, so peaceful.

The two times I've been here the museum has been closed, but it is so peaceful. Well worth a quiet stroll in the early part of an evening when the sun starts to go down.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Oakland, Maine
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

While the mill itself was closed when we visited in May, the herring run was in full swing and we had a great time watching the little fish swim up the little waterfalls while being attacked by voracious seagulls. The little mill itself is a treasure in an idyllic setting. We will make sure to return when it is open.... More 

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Portage, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The two times I've been here the museum has been closed, but it is so peaceful. Well worth a quiet stroll in the early part of an evening when the sun starts to go down.

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a beautiful place where you can witness the phenomenon of nature as it plays out. Every spring thousands of herring make the trip from Cape Cod Bay up the stream to spawn at the grist mill pond. They have to swim against the current and leap up water falls and man-made locks to finally arrive at the calm... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We were at the grist mill for the running of the herring and were totally enthralled with the entire process and the beautiful surroundings. We took many pictures and shot some video. It is a unique experience and one that you should plan for if you are in the area!

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MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We stopped by yesterday not really knowing what to expect. We were immediately pleased to see a beautiful Grist Mill building and some lovely pathways leading through the grounds. The real star of the show, though, was the herring. Thousands of them! I've never seen anything quite like it. The museum was closed but it did not matter at all.... More 

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Best time to go is early spring, watch out for all the seagull poop. Nice walk around, be sure to check out both sides of the road, great for kids.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Such a beautiful place to watch the herring swimming in the water.Seagulls are constantly looking for lunch. Very peaceful & relaxing setting to just soak up some nature.

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Indianapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Went last week and was disappointed to learn it was closed. Since I was there, decided to walk around the grounds. A calm beautiful spot with gently flowing brooks, the old mill exterior, the water gates and finally, the fish latters which were FULL of herring. Never saw anything like it. Well worth seeing even if the interior is closed.

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Marlton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is one of few well-maintained grist mills on Cape Cod! Volunteers are a huge aspect of this historical site. The mill is open on Saturdays in the high season and provide fresh ground corn meal for $5/bag during those days. The grist mill is located downstairs while a small nice museum is located on the 2nd floor. This s... More 

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Make time to detour out of Brewster to walk along this stream with steps of stone to form a series of fish ladders. While we weren't there in the herring season, we enjoyed walking along the stream and examining the sluice gate which allows water to be diverted to run the old grist mill. It only operates during summer weekends,... More 

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