History, Nature, and Environmental Programs

We schedule regular programs and events that explore the unique history and environment of Newlin Grist Mill. Whether you bring your family or come alone and whether you want to bird watch or see the waterwheel turn, we've got entertainment for all ages and interests.

Archaeology

 

The Archaeology Program seeks to evaluate archaeological resources and explore research questions concerning the development of the Newlin Grist Mill historic site. Special events enhance public knowledge and provide opportunities for the public to participate in the archeological process.

Bird Walks

 

Nature walks are great for exploring the 160 acres of plant and animal life at Newlin Grist Mill. We have a high diversity of bird species here, both seasonal and year-round. Newlin Grist Mill has partnered with Wild Birds Unlimited to host monthly bird walks onsite the last Saturday of each month.

Blacksmithing Classes

 

If you would like to try your hand at blacksmithing, we have a series of classes for you! Participants will learn skills like drawing, twisting, and upsetting metal while making hooks, nails, scrollwork, and a spoon over the course of four separate sessions.

The Newlin Series

 

Talks, walks, and more! The theme for this series changes each year and explores different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill's unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with programs that range from presentations by guest speakers to hands-on workshops.

Pop-Up Naturalist
 

Join Newlin's staff naturalist for an afternoon of exciting environmental activities. Look for the pop-up naturalist on the bridge by the Log Cabin and discover the plants and animals that call Newlin home. While specific activities will vary by theme, you can expect to find interactive demonstrations, live specimens, games and crafts, and fun for the whole family!

Tales on Trails

 

Get your child excited about reading while enjoying the outdoors! Stroll along our Millrace Trail and read along with a picture book as you go. Featured books will rotate throughout the season from May through September. 

History at Work

 

While we typically focus on milling at Newlin Grist Mill, many skills and trades were necessary to making vital products in the 18th century. Join us each month on selected Saturdays from April through October as we explore some of these with our History at Work demonstrations.

Sip Behind the Scenes

 

These aren't your typical Happy Hours! Each event in this evening series will explore a different theme, allowing our guests to get a closer look at some of the unique aspects of Newlin and chat with the staff while they enjoy samples of locally-made beverages.

Message to Our Community

As events develop with the COVID-19 virus, Newlin Grist Mill (NGM) continues to closely monitor the situation and follow guidance from the CDC and all levels of government including social distancing and restrictions on gatherings. The NGM will be taking the following steps, starting today March 16 through April 30:

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

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

  • Pond Fishing will remain closed until further notice;

  • The Fishing Breakfast has been cancelled;

  • Rentals and photography sessions are being cancelled for this period of time;

  • There will be no Volunteer Wednesday Workdays;

  • The trails will remain open but parking is limited; 

If you choose to enjoy the trails, please follow the practices of social distancing and if you are ill or have been around anyone who is ill or has been exposed to the virus, please remain at home. These steps will help keep our staff, volunteers, visitors, and community healthy.
 
Members of the staff will be working to prepare the site for when we are able to open. We ask that you respect everyone’s safety by maintaining a reasonable distance.
 
Decisions concerning additional closings will follow based on the developing situation. Please check back for updates.
 
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.