Wye Mill

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Wye Mill
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Wye Mill in July 2015
Wye Mill is located in Maryland
Wye Mill
Wye Mill is located in the US
Wye Mill
Location Centreville Road (MD 213) & Wye Mills Road (MD 662), Wye Mills, Maryland
Coordinates 38°56′29″N 76°4′53″W / 38.94139°N 76.08139°W / 38.94139; -76.08139Coordinates: 38°56′29″N 76°4′53″W / 38.94139°N 76.08139°W / 38.94139; -76.08139
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
NRHP Reference # 85000717[1]
Added to NRHP April 9, 1985

The Wye Mill is the oldest continuously operated grist mill in the United States, located at Wye Mills, Queen Anne's County and Talbot County, Maryland, United States. It is the earliest industrial site on the Eastern Shore in continuous use; dating to the late 17th century. It is a wood-frame, water-powered grist mill, with a 19th-century 26 HP 10-foot-diameter (3.0 m) Fitz steel overshot wheel. The mill retains nearly all of its late-18th-century equipment. The Wye Mill was one of the first grist mills to be automated with the Oliver Evans process, which is still in use today.[2]

The Wye Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]


The steel millwheel in November 2008
  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ E. Barton Hall McGuire (July 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Wye Mill" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 

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