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Contact: Linda Bishop, Upper District Ranger, 870/861-2570
The National Park Service and Buffalo National River is pleased to announce that the historic Boxley Grist Mill will be open Saturday, May 24th from 9 am until 2pm during this Memorial weekend.
Have you ever wanted to go inside a grist mill? What is a grist mill you ask? Learn the answer along with other interesting facts as you take a step back in time in Boxley Valley. From 1870 until the 1950s this grist mill was handed down from generation to generation and was an important component of the community. While a working mill the customers would have been Civil War Veterans, World War I and World War II Veterans. Now, in the 21st century, the grist mill is under a 50 year lease with the Gorgas Science Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service. Our nation is fortunate that the foundation is willing to take on the preservation of such a stately, historic building.
Since the mill has no electricity you might want to bring a flashlight in order to read the exhibits and a camera for some unique photos. The mill is not handicapped accessible, although parking is in sight of the mill and only a short walk is required then 4 stair-steps to enter. Once inside there is a level ramp to walk and no reservation is required. Just stop in for this free self-guided tour of the first floor. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this rare opportunity!
The closest restroom and drinking water is located a couple miles north of the mill at the Lost Valley Day Use Area. If you would like more information please call Ranger Linda Bishop at the Steel Creek Information Station at 1-870-861-2570.