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Contact: Linda Bishop, 870/861-2570
Historic 1870 Grist Mill Open for Touring
The National Park Service and Buffalo National River Partners are pleased to announce free self-guided tours of the Boxley Grist Mill at Buffalo National River during each weekend of October. These tours will be offered from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
From 1870 until the 1950s this grist mill was handed down from generation to generation and was an important component of the community. 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. This nation is fortunate that the foundation is willing to take on the preservation of such a stately, historic building.
The beautiful Buffalo River area has more to offer than scenery and wildlife. There is history here and you can experience that history as you step back in time by entering the grist mill and tour the first floor of this structure. Since there are no lights you may want to bring a flashlight. Because the mill is preserved as a historic structure, it is not handicapped accessible. Parking is available within sight of the mill and only a short walk is required, then 4 stair-steps to enter the building. There is a level ramp for walking inside.
The closest restroom, picnic area, and water is located a couple of miles north of the mill at the Lost Valley Day Use Area so visitors may want to check out that area first.