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Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed September 1, 2013

My husband and I took a break from wine tasting to check out the local mill. It's located inside of a state park and is just a quick hike from the parking area. The tour fee is $5 for adults and $2 for kids and tours are given from 10am-4pm on the weekends. The miller made polenta, corn meal and flour while explaining the history of the mill to us. It was very interesting and a great activity for children. We even picked up a bag of bread flour and polenta to take home for a small donation. Check it out; you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Make some time while in the Napa Valley to visit the Bale Grist Mill in St. Helena and you won't be disappointed. In fact, a visit to the Mill after or between wine tasting is a good option. I grew up in the Valley and remember visits to the Mill when it was mostly a park site and little else. Our recent visit was a great surprise and delight! The tour was very interesting, but a bit too long on details. It was great to see the actual operation of this mill and learn about the amazing history behind it. We all seem to forget the other agriculture of the valley, grain farming, and its impact on the history of Napa. We purchased some of the mill products, wheat flower and a cookbook. At the price of just $5.00 each what a value. We can't wait to make some pancakes or waffles and taste a bit of history...

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

What a great step back in time to see how production of foodstuffs was done in the bygone era. A great lesson in how work, manual labor, was needed to provide foodstuffs.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Jim is amazing and gives an outstanding presentation. Kids are included and encouraged to use the equipment to help them get something out of this visit. It is fascinating to watch them make polenta, flour, and cornmeal. At the end you even can buy some of the flour that is made on the site. It's a labor of love, since our stupid government decided they are not in the business of preserving our history, now these amazing volunteers come every weekend and show us how it's all done. Definitely worthwhile - a lot cheaper than the stupid geyser and this is unquestionably real.

Thank Bellotheball
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

When you get enough of visiting all those wineries or if you are interested in history, then this is really a place that you should visit. We did it, without really knowing what it would be and thought it would take us maybe 20 minutes. The tour took 2 hours. The miller was such an enthusiastic person that he kept on talking.. and not in a boring way at all. after this visit you know everything about milling grain, corn etc and how a mill gets his energy from the big wheel outside.
And it is all thanks to that informative and pleasant way the miller talks.
I really recommend it even though it cost $5 each person. They don't get money from the government, so you help to keep the mill alive too.

Thank EdwardMoses
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