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

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

  2. Interesting piece of history.

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Your pictures are amazing! Beautiful building.

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

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

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

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

  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:)

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

  12. Very cool! Love this building and mill.

  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!!!

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

  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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