Wye Mills, Maryland

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Wye Mills, Maryland
Unincorporated community
Wye Mills is located in Maryland
Wye Mills
Wye Mills
Wye Mills is located in the US
Wye Mills
Wye Mills
Coordinates: 38°56′28″N 76°04′50″W / 38.94111°N 76.08056°W / 38.94111; -76.08056Coordinates: 38°56′28″N 76°04′50″W / 38.94111°N 76.08056°W / 38.94111; -76.08056
Country United States
State Maryland
County Talbot
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 21679
Area code(s) 410, 443, and 667
GNIS feature ID 591615[1]

Wye Mills is an unincorporated community in Talbot County, Maryland, United States, located at an altitude of 20 feet (6.1 m).[1] Wye Mills is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 662 and Maryland Route 404 just south of the Queen Anne's County border.

Notable landmarks[edit]

Wye Mills is the home of the Wye Mill which has been in nearly continuous operation since 1682. Today, it houses a museum in addition to its mill operations.[2][3]

The Wye Oak (Maryland's honorary state tree, which was destroyed on a June 6, 2002 by a severe thunderstorm), was located in Wye Mills.

The Old Wye Church or St. Lukes is the only Anglican church that is dated back the 18th century in Talbot County. The church opened in 1712.[4]

The Wye House is a plantation mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dating back to between 1780 and 1790. Also listed are the Old Wye Church, Miller's House, and Wilton.[5][6]

The town also harbors Maryland's first regional community college, Chesapeake College.

Historical events[edit]

Wye Accords[edit]

After the failure of the Oslo Accords of 1993 to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, former President Bill Clinton held a summit in Wye Mills in October 1998. Both King Hussein of Jordan and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat attended the summit. Several issues were settled, however some of the main issues, like boundaries, were left unresolved and remained sources of conflict.[7]

Elián González[edit]

For a short time, Elián González and his family resided in Wye Mills during the Elián González affair of 2000. González was at the center of a controversy involving parental custody and Cuban-American relations. After Elián was reunited with his father, the two were sheltered from the media at the remote Wye River Plantation while other relatives attempted to acquire visitation rights and the legal battle intensified.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Wye Mills". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Wye Grist Mill". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Old Wye Mill". Historic Sites Consortium of Queen Anne's County. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  4. ^ Weeks, Christopher (1984). Where Land and Water Interwine. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 45.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/20/10 through 12/23/10. National Park Service. 2010-12-30.
  7. ^ Wye Accord
  8. ^ "CNN Transcript - Breaking News: Elian Gonzalez Case: Father Files Motion Requesting Appeals Court Recognize Him as Only One Able to Speak For His Son". CNN. April 26, 2000. Retrieved January 31, 2016.