The Gurleyville Gristmill is owned by the Joshua Land Trust. A sawmill was built on this site in 1723 and the gristmill was added around 1750.
In 1979 the mill and land was offered for sale and a company had planned to remodel the property for a restaurant. In order to preserve the only example of this type of mill left the Joshua Land Trust was formed and the first purchase was the mill and the surrounding property.
Big surprise the mill has several Black snakes in residence. These snakes families probably date back to the same time as the mill.
The mill was operated for a number of years by the family of Wilbur Lucius Cross, a four-term governor of Connecticut. The nearby miller’s cottage was his birthplace.
If you don’t mind snakes the mill is open for visits and is worth the trip. And trust me, you will find snakes. Both by the mill rocks and in the woods beyond.