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Address: 3369 St Helena Hwy No.( Highway 29), St. Helena, CA 94574
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Built in 1846, this water-powered mill served Napa Valley's farmers who...

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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Breadmaker's Delight

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... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Bob M
Seattle, Washington
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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 from the mill and can't wait to make some boules.

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San Francisco, CA
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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 with the largest water wheel West of the Mississippi. The docents were so knowledgeable and... More 

Thank DiscerningTraveler99
San Ramon, California
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

We stopped in to check this out, it's not connected to the state park (because of budget cuts) but a private funded state park. We got so much information & the Mill was amazing to watch work!! Must see!!

Thank jenchick79
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Walking thru the park is great. Listening to the creek run was very relaxing. The mill tour was interesting and there's a cute little store with some cool stuff.

Thank JennPinky
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

The mill is still working today. I was amazed when seeing the oat powder produced on the site by the 1730's technology. The guide gave us a very detailed information from the mechanics of the mill and its story. It worth the admission fee for all that.

Thank Sam T
Kenwood, California
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

On the weekends from 11 to 4 the mill is actually operational It is a great place for children to learn how flour was made in the past.

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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We were staying in St. Helena and wanted a hike nearby. The hotel suggested Bale Grist Mill. We parked outside the gate and walked in. The hike was easy and nice. It goes all the way to another park if you want a longer hike. There's parking inside when the gates are open. I recommend if you are looking for... More 

Thank USCKaboom
Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

It was a rainy day and we were glad to find somewhere indoors to entertain the kids. The mill is a really impressive structure. Our tour guide was dressed in old-fashioned gear to intensify the historic experience. He was full of knowledge and we had a great time seeing how it worked and learning from him. With the rain, the... More 

Thank CanadaMirm
St. Helena, California
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

Outstanding experience. Get to see how, 100 years ago, cornmeal was made and at the same time (place) get to walk beautiful grounds.

Thank Norman M
Monee, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

Very interesting visit. The miller explained the history and construction of the mill, and the operation. He was totally knowledgeable about milling and this mill in particular and the milling process. We got to see corn milled into cornmeal. Good stop.

Thank joanmaxine

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