Place

Alexander-Wilson Mill

A graphic panel and a hand-cranked device stand beside a waterway with white buildings and a road on
This exhibit along the Towpath Trail includes audio messages describing the mill’s history.

NPS / Arrye Rosser

Quick Facts

Audio Description, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Wheelchair Accessible

Falling water provides power. If you can capture that energy with a waterwheel, you can use it to grind grain and make a living. About 1853, the Alexander family built a grist mill here. In time, they replaced the waterwheel with more efficient turbines. Around 1900, the Alexanders sold the business to the Wilsons. After 70 years of using waterpower, the Wilsons switched to electric motors. Today, the family sells pre-bagged feed and fertilizer. Crank the handle on the audio player to hear “Skip” Wilson talk about the mill’s history.