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Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

3369 St Helena Hwy No., St. Helena, CA 94574
+1 707-963-2236
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Built in 1846, this water-powered mill served Napa Valley's farmers who brought their wheat grain and dried corn to the mill to be ground into flour and meal. Bale Grist Mill has one of the largest waterwheels in the country and still mills grain the old-fashioned way! Visitors can take home organic wheat flour, cornmeal or polenta. Come enjoy what was once a vital part of rural life!
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3369 St Helena Hwy No., St. Helena, CA 94574
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Go for a guided tour and see flour being milled. The guiding is extremely detailed and you can get answers to all your questions.

Thank Stellan D
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is a very very old grist mill. It looks like the 1850's and they mill grains on weekends. there is a big wheel that turns this original mill. the people that run it dress in period times and are helpful with the process. kids...More

Thank 788sandib
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Stopped in because it was on our way home, nice little outdoors walk to the mill. We did not pay to go in, just took a picture from outside the fence. I guess it is only open on the weekends for $5.00 pp and a...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

My wife and I go there almost every year. It's an enchanting historical structure in a beautiful wooded setting, along a stream. The tour is fun, and the gift shop has lots of interesting items, including different kinds of ground flour. We like the polenta.

Thank Kurt H
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

You can show up at any time during this unstructured tour. The speaker/guide we had was animated and informative. His knowledge of California history is amazing. I could have stayed there and listened to stories all day. At the end of the tour he fired...More

Thank 4cookie82
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

It is rare to have such an informative tour guide. I learned more from this one presentation than in several history classes. Great overview of mill history and its role in the nation, France, Rome to present day. Great for all ages. Really remarkable!

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Bale Grist Mill, a water-powered grist mill that was built in 1846, is one of only two water-driven mills remaining west of the Mississippi River. Although this historic mill looks quite impressive to look at, especially with a large water wheel attached to its side,...More

Thank Akisato S
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

This fascinating working grist mill dates back to the 1840s when California was still part of Mexico -- and touring it helps understand how the Napa Valley became what it is today. Our guide was a knowledgeable historian of the valley as well an accomplished...More

Thank Florida-IaTraveler
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

As someone who bakes 2-4 artisan loaves a week this was a great place for me to visit. This is a beautifully restored 19th century grist mill and you learn both local history and process of milling. I left with locally milled whole wheat flour...More

Thank Bob M
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

After driving by for years, we finally saw the sign that said Milling Weekends 10-4 and we stopped in. It was an absolutely fascinating tour. The short walk to the mill is lovely and then you arrive and see the original mill built in 1843...More

Thank DiscerningTraveler99
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