The Newlin Series

Join us for our annual series in which we explore different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill’s unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with special programs from both Newlin staff and outside presenters. This year, we will be focusing on foodways, to coincide with the restoration of the 1739 Trimble House kitchen & pantry onsite.


Cost per program: $6 members/$10 non-members.


Advance registration is suggested for programs in the Newlin Series.

To register, please call 610.459.2359.

Hearth to Home:
A History of the English Kitchen

Thursday, February 13th at 7pm

To kick off this year’s Newlin Series, English food historian Marc Meltonville will discuss how the kitchen as we know it developed and evolved over time, from pre-history to the modern era.

American Cuisine in the Colonial Era

Saturday, August 1st at 2pm

While most of his career as a history professor at Yale University has focused on the Middle Ages, Paul Freedman’s recent work has set out to answer the question, “What is American cuisine and how has it reflected social trends and divisions?” In this talk, he will focus on food in the colonial period, the formative era of American cuisine.

Seeing the Enslaved Cook:
Behind the Stereotypes & the Myths

Friday, August 28th at 7pm

Enslaved cooks frequently appear in the historical record, but the lack of personal information about them often leaves us with a problematic view. Historic cooks Jerome Bias & Karen Becker will look at enslaved cooks as skilled tradespeople. Samples of traditional African foods will be included, and a free cooking demonstration will follow on Saturday (10am-3pm) as part of the History at Work series.

Clues, Craft, & Cookery:
Reconstructing a 1739 Kitchen

Thursday, September 24th at 7pm

Newlin Grist Mill’s director Tony Shahan and programs manager Laura Adie will talk about the process of documenting, restoring, and furnishing the original kitchen and pantry of the Trimble House in order to accurately interpret foodways on site.

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.

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