Part of the allure of Cape Cod is its incredible history. If you go on a drive through the Cape, you will see historic New England-style buildings and sites dotted along the roadside. Even the Maine House at Candleberry Inn dates back to the early 1800s! If you’re looking to indulge in some history during your stay, then take a trip to the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum. This picturesque monument features a sparkling brook as well as a charming grist mill that was active back in the late 1800s. Learn about early Cape Cod living in the upstairs museum, then explore the beautiful pond and grounds as you watch the water wheel turn!
If you’re planning a trip to Cape Cod, our free Vacation Guide is the perfect resource. Vacation planning can be hard, so use our recommendations for things to do to make the planning easier! We have even included a list of seasonal and monthly events so you’ll never miss out on anything during your stay at Candleberry Inn. Find historical spots like the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum, the Brewster Historical Society, and more!
Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum History
The Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum is the only remaining part of Brewster’s Factory Village, a local industrial center from the 19th century. This bustling town was home to everything from a cobbler shop to factories that created goods like paper and clothing. The Stony Brook Grist Mill was constructed in 1873 and ran as an important element of the Factory Village. It harnessed the power of water with its working water wheel and was the means to an early prosperous Cape Cod community. In its prime, this water-powered mill was responsible for providing the area’s ground corn, rye, and barley. It now stands as a window to the past.
Visiting the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum
The museum portion of the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum is open every Saturday in July and August from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Make the quick 5-minute drive from Candleberry Inn in the morning, explore the grounds, get a history lesson, and then go on another Cape Cod adventure! When you visit the mill, start with the upstairs museum. Here, you will see artifacts of 19th century Cape Cod life, weaving demonstrations, and more. Don’t forget to purchase your bag of organic corn meal, ground right at the mill!
The grounds of the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum are always open to the public, just be respectful of this little piece of living history! Come stroll through the gardens as you listen to the musical sounds of running water and chirping birds. Explore the footpaths that run through the property and along the brook to see turtles basking in the sun and fish that have swum from Cape Cod Bay to spawn. If you visit during mid-March, you’ll get to experience the Stony Brook Grist Mill herring run! Take a moment to let your mind travel back in time as you enjoy the natural beauty of this peaceful oasis.
Stay at Candleberry Inn
Get a little piece of Cape Cod history when you stay at Candleberry Inn. After your explorations at the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum, come back to our Brewster bed and breakfast for some classic Cape Cod charm. Our historic inn features comfortable accommodations, close proximity to beautiful beaches, and a delicious hand-prepared breakfast each morning of your stay. Guests experience the perfect balance of old and new from the architecture and history of our 1790’s dining room to our modern amenities. Come experience the allure of Cape Cod for yourself!