Cooper Gristmill in Chester

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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The back of the Cooper Gristmill

Nathan Cooper built the Cooper Gristmill in 1826 in lovely and historic Chester, New Jersey. 


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The front of the Cooper Gristmill

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Closeup of the Cooper Gristmill

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The Cooper Gristmill, built in 1826

Harnessing water from the Black River that flows behind the mill, 2000 pound millstones turn grain into flour.

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Harnessing waterpower from the Black River

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The Black River supplies the power

This is the only water-powered gristmill in the state that still produces flour.

The waterwheel that provides the power weighs 6 tons.


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The waterwheel weighs 6 tons
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Water is making the wheel turn

Cooper Gristmill is closed for the season, but will reopen next spring!


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34 comments:

  1. What great photos of a working mill, so interesting to know they still exist!!!

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    1. Yes, they do, and this one is actually still used to make flour!

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  2. Interesting piece of history.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/11/ww-just-like-mom-used-to-make.html

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  3. That is a stunning, stunning place! I want to move in! Thank you for the mini-break. :D

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  4. Love photos like this very interesting nice mill quite quaint too :-)

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  5. Stunning place! I love everything the structure and that river! #ww

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  6. Nice. I love old buildings, and the waterfall.

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  7. The gristmill is a beautiful building, loved seeing it!

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  8. Your pictures are amazing! Beautiful building.

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  9. Oh my goodness you were lucky enough to visit a working flour mill.
    JM, Illinois

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    1. Yes I was. It was the last weekend that it was open for the season.

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  10. Marvelous mill! I really need to explore NJ more, the only place we've ever stayed overnight is Atlantic City.

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    1. There are many beautiful places in New Jersey. There really are.

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  11. Great post and amazing how good a stone building still looks after 200 years! Water power - since I'm originally from the Netherlands, I know how important that is:)

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    1. Yes, it looks great for its age. Water power is very important :)

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  12. Very cool! Love this building and mill.

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  13. gorgeous images of this beautiful area!!! i discovered chester, this past spring and we have been back twice since then, it is such a pretty area!!! i will have to look for this spot in the spring, so happy you shared!!!

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    1. The Chester and Mendham areas are very beautiful!

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  14. I love beautiful old mills like this. Nice shot!

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  15. I don't know if I'm more impressed by it's beauty or the fact that it still operates.

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