Newlin Grist Mill's Harvest Festival:

Food Traditions Past & Present

Saturday, October 3, 2020
Historic Demonstrations: 10am-4pm,
Food Festival: 11am-7pm

A local favorite, this event provides fun for the whole family! Admission is free for all ages. Parking is $5 per car.

This year’s festival will feature over two dozen different demonstrations of historic skills and trades. The theme “Food Traditions Past and Present” will include cooks, bakers, and beverage experts. Foods and cooking from the 18th century will be featured, along with the trades that made it possible to put food on the colonial table.


New this year, contemporary artisans who maintain these food traditions today will showcase their products. The area’s top chefs will be competing in food challenges.


Old favorites will also be returning - Newlin’s millwrights, a cooper, a ropemaker, a potter, iron makers, woodworkers and more. Listen to music, learn colonial dancing, and enjoy performances by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre! Many favorite activities from years past will be returning, including pumpkin painting and hayrides.  

Visitors can shop in the festival’s Colonial Market for chocolate and candies from Shane Confectionery, handmade soaps, colonial games, pumpkins, and cornmeal ground in the site’s 1704 grist mill. Traditionally made pretzels from a woodfired bake oven will be available for purchase.


For adult guests, the festival will feature a Colonial Tavern in the afternoon, where Levante Brewing and Penns Woods Winery will be on hand to sell beer and wine. Food will also be available for purchase. 


Shuttle buses between the parking area and the festival site will run every 15 minutes throughout the event. Additional costs apply for hayrides and pumpkin painting. Visitors must be 21+ to drink in the tavern.


This year’s festival is being co-sponsored by Visit Delco!

Message to Our Community


In light of current conditions, Newlin Grist Mill continues to be closed as follows:

  • The NGM Visitor Center, Archive, Blacksmith Shop, Millwright Shop, and public restrooms remain closed;

  • All tours, programs and events have been postponed or cancelled during this period;

  • Pond Fishing will remain closed until further notice;

  • Rentals are being cancelled for this period of time;

  • There will be no Volunteer Wednesday Workdays;

  • The trails will remain open, but parking is limited; and we ask that everyone be mindful of social distancing when on the property.

Decisions concerning additional closings will follow based on the developing situation. Please check back for updates.

While the trails at Newlin Grist Mill remain accessible while the site is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do want to remind everyone of a few things:

  • Continue to observe proper social distancing when you are on the trails. If you are ill or have been around anyone who is ill or has been exposed to the virus, please remain at home. If you arrive and find that the parking lot is crowded, please postpone your visit to another time.  

  • Please remember that all dogs must be on a leash that is held securely by the owner at all times. This is a township law, and it is to protect the health and safety of all park visitors (human and canine) and the wildlife in the park.

  • The park contains unique habitats that are home to sensitive plants and animals, some of which are being monitored through ongoing scientific surveys.  Please stay on the trails to avoid disturbances (wading, dip netting, collecting, rock throwing etc.) that could damage wildlife and vegetation. 

  • Remember that collecting of any kind, including plants and animals, is prohibited in the park.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.

Newlin Grist Mill   l  219 South Cheyney Road   l  Glen Mills, PA 19342   l   610.459.2359   l   © Copyright 2014-2015 Newlin Grist Mill. All rights reserved.