Old Town Mill, New London

Friday, July 10, 2015


History and Visiting Information:


In the most unsuspecting spot, near the projects in New London and underneath the jam packed interstate 95, lies the historic Old Town Mill. I would have never known that this place existed if it wasn't for our search for breakfast when everything was closed last Monday. Since 1650 until the sometime in the 20th century, the mill used water power to grind corn, wheat, and rye into flour. Currently, the mill grounds are free to visit from sunrise until sunset.

The Old Town Mill was first built by John Winthrop, Jr. who first settled the area now called New London in 1646 and went on to serve as the governor of Connecticut for nearly 20 years. The first building was later destroyed by Benedict Arnold, but was rebuilt in the exact location as the original mill shortly after.




Where to find the Old Town Mill:

 

The Old Town Mill can be found on Mill Street in New London, CT. If you are looking for other things to do in the area, you can check out art and culture or eat a delicious breakfast at Muddy Waters. Alternatively, you can also check out this list of 50 Free Things to do in Connecticut.




What local gems have you discovered in your area?

8 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS!! So picturesque and what a great piece of history. YOU KOW that if I was there I'd do a photo shoot!

    Angie from reasons to dress, fashion, travel and life as a mom in Italy.

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    1. You totally would have done a photo shoot! Actually, you could do photo shoots at the huge murals in downtown New London as well - I bet they would be a great backdrop to fashion photos!

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  2. "A gem" is a great way to describe this mill! x

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  3. I first clicked on this post because my sister recently started working in New London and then you mentioned John Winthrop Jr, who I believe is one of our ancestors! (There's even rumors we're related to Benedict as well, but we think it might be a stretch, haha!) What a small world, I'll have to tell her to check this out!

    www.ashbam.com

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    1. Congrats to your sister on her job in New London! New London is a great little city. If she has any questions tell her to shoot me an email at luyoutravel@gmail.com.

      How cool that you are related to John Winthrop Jr! He is such a huge historical figure in this area!

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  4. I worked on the restoration of the Old Mill for years. My cousin, Rick Gipstein, was the architect, and Iggy the builder. I helped plant the garden with Dorothy Leib and maintain the grounds. Barbara Dixon takes groups on tours of the Mill. It's a little gem.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting here and sharing your knowledge on the Old Mill! I still can't believe that I lived in the area for 20+ years and never knew that it existed.

      Thanks for letting me know about the tours! Next time I'm in Connecticut I will have to take one - I'd love to know more about the history.

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