Opening day at the Gurleyville Grist Mill, visible in the background. These folks are standing on the lawn of the miller’s house.

The Gurleyville Grist Mill is now officially open for the season following opening day events on a gorgeous May weekend.

More than 20 people attended the Sunday May 15 event at the ancient mill along the Fenton River. The place was busy all afternoon.

Visitors were very glad to see us open, including some passing hikers who stopped for a tour. Others found the event online and through the Last Green Valley promotions or newspaper calendar listings.

Trust Vice President Nancy Silander and her husband John brought the appropriate celebratory spirit in the form of cupcakes topped with the number 50 — to remind the guests of the Trust’s 50th anniversary this year.

The showing of the 1981 film “Guest of the Nation” at the Atwood Farm, the Trust’s headquarters, went well, also. People were very amused to see the mill used in the film in the guise of an Irish cottage. They also got to see some of the Wormwood Hill landscape as it was 36 years ago.

Opening Day #4 May 15 2016 web
Guests poke around Inside the historic mill. The structure at the left is a scale model of the building. (Photos by Fran Funk.)

The mill and museum are open from 1 to 5 pm on Sundays through second Sunday in October. Groups may be hosted any day by appointment. Call Joshua’s Trust at (860) 429-9023. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcomed.
Directions: The mill is about 2 1/2 miles east of the University of Connecticut in Storrs (within the township of Mansfield) on Stone Mill Road. It is NOT on a numbered route.