Waaaay back in 2015, one of the kids gave me a gift certificate to tour the Tuthilltown Distillery in Gardiner, NY, home to Hudson Baby Bourbon and other fine spirits.
The day we were scheduled to go was the worst snowstorm ever, the roads were all closed, literally. We cancelled and fast forward to 2017, MY birthday, yay, the whole gang is going now, not only for a tour, but for lunch at the restaurant, Tuthill House at The Mill.
The history of the Mill is amazing, that aspect alone, worth the trip…
Located in Gardiner, NY, the Tuthilltown Gristmill is the oldest continuously operated water powered gristmill in New York State and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original Gristmill structure was constructed in 1788 by 18 year old Selah Tuthill and used an overshot wheel to power the grinding stones. It is one of three mills which have operated on the Shawangunkill over the past 300 years. During the last two centuries, the mill has undergone a series of upgrades and additions. It is located on the old Albany Post Road, which originally served as the main route from New York to the Capitol for 190 years.
A classic wooden covered bridge crossed the Shawangunkkill at the Gristmill. Until the railroad was constructed in the 1930s, Tuthilltown was the commercial, cultural and social center of the town now called Gardiner.
In the early 1980s, the mill began grinding Kosher matzoh flour which continued until 2003. Though, the Gristmill is no longer grinding flour. The mill has been opened up to visitors, allowing everyone a first hand look at this unique building. Throughout the facility are still the functional pieces of mill equipment, shafts, hoppers, grain elevators, hullers, blowers and the original stone grinding wheels. The mill continues in “working” condition.
Usually near impossible to gather everyone for one day and time, when this destination was listed as option one, the texts flew in quickly, Yes, can go. No surprise there.
We’ll do a Sunday Brunch first, then tour the distillery, figuring if we tour first, we might not get to brunch!
Looking forward to the day, a full year away from turning 70. Speaking of which, we are already planning a huge 2018. My mom will be 100. I’ll be 70. My sister and her husband will be married 50 years. Gladly taking suggestions on how to put all that merriment in one getaway package.
Incredibly windy and cold day. Cooking up a storm for Dawg and making some kale soup for myself. The best thing about the Dawg stew is that if I get hungry after eating kale soup, I can dip the fork into Dawg’s beef stew!
Happy Hump Day. Are we taking bets on if the Trump Healthcare Plan passes or gets called in today for rewriting?