By Jerry and Annette C., Field Editors, Spokane, Washington
WE SPENT a fun-filled, educational and interesting day at the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos, British Columbia.
The historic flour mill was built in 1877 by Barrington Price and was restored in the 1980s. It now serves as a living history museum it is the only mill in British Columbia that still has its original grinding machinery!
During our visit, a miller showed us how all the mill’s machinery interconnects, then ground some wheat, which is grown here in heritage wheat fields.
A general store includes exhibits and a room that houses a school. We “attended” the school for a short time and participated in a spelling contest, sat at the desks and learned about the requirements for being an 1800s schoolmarm. Daily activities bring the pioneer times back to life. With so much to see and do, plan to spend a leisurely day here.
The Grist Mill and Gardens is located just north of Keremeos on Upper Bench Road, about a half mile east of Highway 3A. It’s open daily, but costumed interpreters are on hand only from Mother’s Day weekend to mid-October. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for youths ages 6-18 and $2 for children ages 3-5.
To learn more, consult www.oldgristmill.ca or call 1-250-499-2888.
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