Historic Bale Mill
About the Historic Bale Mill
Visiting Bale Grist Mill in the heart of Napa Valley offers a fascinating peek into Californians’ rural heritage. Built in 1846 by Edward Turner Bale, this fully restored water-powered grist mill still grinds grain. Bale Mill has one of the largest waterwheels in the country and still mills the old-fashioned way allowing visitors to take home some flour or meal and enjoy what was once a vital part of rural life.
In the late 1800s, Napa Valley farmers brought their grain to the mill where it was placed into the boot of an elevator to be mechanically transported upstairs to be cleaned and sifted by various types of equipment – a technical wonder for the Pioneers. The slow turning of the old grind stones gives the fresh meal a special quality for making cornbread, yellowbread, shortening bread and spoon bread. As old timers put it, “When meal comes to you that way, like the heated underside of a settin’ hen, it bakes bread that makes city bread taste like cardboard.”
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