We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dexter Grist Mill

Water Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
508 888 4910
Improve this listing
Ranked #9 of 20 attractions in Sandwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Dexter Grist Mill is located on the Shawme mill pond in the historic heart of Sandwich.  The mill was first built in 1640 and enlarged in 1646... more »
Write a Review

40 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Alexandria, VA
Top Contributor
304 reviews 304 reviews
127 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Built in 1640 and later expanded, the Dexter Grist Mill sits on the Shawme Pond in the center of Sandwich. It has been beautfully restored and preserved to provide another "anchor" to the historic village of Sandwich. The interior tour is much shorter than youd find at other grist mills but is helpful for understanding the importance of corn meal... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Very pretty pond and surroundings. It wasn't open at the time we went but we were able to walk around and take pictures.

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. John
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

First, get a drink from the water spigot near the mill. People from all over the cape and beyond fill their water jugs up. The water is tested to be one of the purest in New England. The grist mill is working and produces ground corn meal. The grind is coarse but great for those Journey or Johnny cakes. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Framingham, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a lot of fun learning all there is to know about the history of milling and corn meal (grist) .We even bought of freshly made corn meal which became a delicious polenta that night. Its a fun stop when you are strolling through historic Sandwich.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pekin, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A must stop when youre in town. Very nice photo ops. Historic and very cute. Right on main drag. Sandwich history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Always amazed at our founder's ingenuity. As part of the town of Sandwich's 375th Anniversary, the Grist Mill was open and operating. A short informational tour was offered. Beautiful setting on a small lake. You can even bring your fishing pole. Nice relaxing setting. Has a fresh water spring offering up cold water just steps away. The Glass Museum, 1750... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A working water-driven Grist mill, one like you've never seen. Watch as they grind corn just as they did 2 or more centuries ago. The grounds with flowers, the water wheel and beautiful lake is such a treasure and definitely worth seeing. Make sure you buy the combined ticket with the Hoxie House, 1/2 mile away and the oldest house... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I've seen plenty of mills ... but never one that was cranked up, put into gear & demonstrated for me in less than 10 minutes flat. That was for two of us. The two guides were knowledgeable & articulate from their regular experience in grinding corn. Apparently they have a regular customer list for their rough ground corn..... However, it... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

This site should be on your list when visiting Sandwich. We spent about twenty minutes there but learned quite a lot about this old building and how it works. It is all in working order, and the two men showing us around explained things very well. Worth a visit

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Hartford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you're in the area, this is well worth the stop. If you've never been to a grist mill, just understand there's really not a lot to see or do at them so don't expect this to be more than a 1/2 visit. The 2 guys running the mill do a great job of demonstrating and explaining all there is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Dexter Grist Mill also viewed

Sandwich, Cape Cod
Sandwich, Cape Cod

Been to Dexter Grist Mill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Dexter Grist Mill, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing