Grist mill restoration project gets $500K state grant

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Workers stabilize the Roslyn Grist Mill's timber frame for its restoration. (Photo courtesy of the Roslyn Landmark Society)
Workers stabilize the Roslyn Grist Mill's timber frame for its restoration. (Photo courtesy of the Roslyn Landmark Society)

The Roslyn Landmark Society got a $500,000 grant for its project to restore the Roslyn Grist Mill, a site built in the 1700s that will be used for education and exhibits, according to the society.

New York’s Regional Economic Development Council awarded the grant on Dec. 13, bringing total funding for the project from state, county, private grants and donations to $1.94 million.

The mill will also be getting a historic marker in January, according to the Roslyn Landmark Society.

“We would like to thank the many organizations and individuals who are supporting the long-awaited restoration of one of the most historic buildings on Long Island,” Howard Kroplick, the president of the Roslyn Landmark Society and historian for the Town of North Hempstead, said in a statement.

The Roslyn Grist Mill, built between 1715 and 1741 is one of the few Dutch timber-frame structures that still exists in the United States. After serving as a mill for 150 years, it became a tea house that was popular with tourists, according to the landmark society.

In 1986, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The restoration project started in November.

“The initial phase includes safely staging the work site, stabilizing the structure, raising the building to street level and placing it on a new foundation,” Kroplick said.

“As a Roslyn native who grew up in the village, this is a dream come true,” said Jay A. Corn, the landmark society’s secretary. “I’m honored to be a part of the mill restoration and can’t think of a better way to pass the torch of history down to future generations.”

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