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Hyattstown Mill

The Hyattstown Mill

14290 Hyattstown Mill Road
Hyattstown (or Clarksburg), MD 20871
301-874-2452
Gallery is open weekends from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and for holidays and special events.

Built in 1918, this large grist mill sits on the site of a 1790s mill. The Hyattstown Mill is part of an arts center, operated by the Hyattstown Mill Arts Project (HMAP), a membership-based, non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to preserving the cultural and historical heritage of the region. The Mill is located in Little Bennett Regional Park. HMAP hosts rotating exhibits and live music performances in the Mill Gallery from April through October.

History

The Hyattstown Mill Complex, established before Hyattstown was platted in 1798, is a rare survivor of an industry once integral to Montgomery County’s rural population. The first mill on the site was probably built by 1794 by Jesse Hyatt, founder of Hyattstown.

By the early 1900s, the evolving mill operation included a metal water wheel, a Kentucky Roller Mill, and alternative stream and gasoline power. After a fire destroyed the mill and over 1500 bushels of wheat, Hyattstown residents helped reconstruct the mill in 1918, using timbers from the dismantled Price's Distillery located upstream.The mill operations ceased in the 1930s.

The oldest part of the complex is the miller’s house.The front door of the house has been re-oriented to the gable end. A barn foundation sits across from the mill and the millrace is clearly visible along Hyattstown Mill Road.

Last update: June 16, 2011