Stony Brook Grist Mill

Megan Znaniecki

In Stony Brook, New York, on Harbor Road, resides the Stony Brook Grist Mill. This monument represents a place where colonists once came to have their wheat and corn ground. The Mill is now owned by the Stony Brook Community Fund and Museum. It stands in working condition for visitors around the world to visualize how life was before technological advances.

When I visited the Grist Mill, I was amazed to see such intricate machinery made in a time period with minimal technology. It’s incredible to see the simplicity of a water-powered mill with the complexity of gears and knobs that work the machinery.

After having the pleasure of seeing the process of the machinery working it gave me an understanding of technology and where it developed from. If society went back to minimalism and used an idea such as water-powered machinery, it would lower harmful emissions and conserve energy.


About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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