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Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

3369 St Helena Hwy No., St. Helena, CA 94574
+1 707-963-2236
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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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3369 St Helena Hwy No., St. Helena, CA 94574
+1 707-963-2236
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Reviewed September 7, 2017

It is rare to have such an informative tour guide. I learned more from this one presentation than in several history classes. Great overview of mill history and its role in the nation, France, Rome to present day. Great for all ages. Really remarkable!

Thank julesofthesea
Reviewed July 20, 2017

Bale Grist Mill, a water-powered grist mill that was built in 1846, is one of only two water-driven mills remaining west of the Mississippi River. Although this historic mill looks quite impressive to look at, especially with a large water wheel attached to its side,...More

Thank Akisato S
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

This fascinating working grist mill dates back to the 1840s when California was still part of Mexico -- and touring it helps understand how the Napa Valley became what it is today. Our guide was a knowledgeable historian of the valley as well an accomplished...More

Thank Florida-IaTraveler
Reviewed April 19, 2017

As someone who bakes 2-4 artisan loaves a week this was a great place for me to visit. This is a beautifully restored 19th century grist mill and you learn both local history and process of milling. I left with locally milled whole wheat flour...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed February 27, 2017

After driving by for years, we finally saw the sign that said Milling Weekends 10-4 and we stopped in. It was an absolutely fascinating tour. The short walk to the mill is lovely and then you arrive and see the original mill built in 1843...More

Thank DiscerningTraveler99
Reviewed January 30, 2017

We stopped in to check this out, it's not connected to the state park (because of budget cuts) but a private funded state park. We got so much information & the Mill was amazing to watch work!! Must see!!

Thank jenchick79
Reviewed January 20, 2017

Walking thru the park is great. Listening to the creek run was very relaxing. The mill tour was interesting and there's a cute little store with some cool stuff.

Thank JennPinky
Reviewed January 3, 2017

The mill is still working today. I was amazed when seeing the oat powder produced on the site by the 1730's technology. The guide gave us a very detailed information from the mechanics of the mill and its story. It worth the admission fee for...More

Thank Sam T
Reviewed November 28, 2016

On the weekends from 11 to 4 the mill is actually operational It is a great place for children to learn how flour was made in the past.

Thank N0rthwestDavid
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We were staying in St. Helena and wanted a hike nearby. The hotel suggested Bale Grist Mill. We parked outside the gate and walked in. The hike was easy and nice. It goes all the way to another park if you want a longer hike....More

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