Huntington Gristmill Gets New Name

A 18th-century gristmill in Huntington has been renamed. The Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill Sanctuary, is now the Lefferts Tide Mill &Preserve.
The mill’s Board of Directors said that the new, shorter name reflected the group’s dual mission of preserving the tide mill and its mill pond, which has become a sanctuary for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
The mill stopped operating in the 1870s when more efficient steam-powered mills elsewhere supplanted its older technology. Harnessing the power of the tides, by the 1860s, the mill was producing 4,000 bushels of wheat, 500 bushels of corn, and 300 bushels of feed, according to the 1860 federal census.
The Lefferts Tide Mill & Preserve Board of Directors also partners with the Huntington Historical Society to provide tours of the mill, which is accessible to the public by boat. Proposed tour dates for the year are:
June 10
June 21
July 8
July 19
August 2
August 19
September 9
September 16
October 4
October 18
Since taking ownership of the mill from The Nature Conservancy in 2019, the Lefferts Tide Mill &  Preserve has undertaken a $300,000 stabilization of the dam and structural repairs to the mill building, including re-supporting its 18th-century wooden gears and installing a new wood shingle roof. Contractors are working to install a new timber bulkhead to protect the mill’s stone foundation from waves and ice.

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