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Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, St. Helena

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Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park is a California state park located in Napa County between St. Helena and Calistoga. The park is the site of a water-powered grist mill that was built in 1846 is one of only two water-driven mills remaining west of the Mississippi River.

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  • What a fun place to visit! The miller (Tony) who gave us the tour was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and delighted that our husbands had engineering backgrounds and had lots of questions! We really... 
    What a fun place to visit! The miller (Tony) who gave us the tour was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and delighted that our husbands had engineering backgrounds and had lots of questions! We really...  more »
  • The long history of the Napa Valley is captured in a visit and tour of the Bale Grist Mill. I recommend a weekend visit when you can actually see the process of grinding the ancient grains. 
    The long history of the Napa Valley is captured in a visit and tour of the Bale Grist Mill. I recommend a weekend visit when you can actually see the process of grinding the ancient grains.  more »
  • Lovely little park with some interesting history behind it. I recommend doing the tour to learn about how this place came into existence. 
    Lovely little park with some interesting history behind it. I recommend doing the tour to learn about how this place came into existence.  more »
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  • Great looking mill. There are tours inside which typically take about 45 to 60 minutes. $8 adults and $3 kids. Parking is inside state park. We weren’t aware and saw few cars parked on the side of the street.
  • This is a great place to visit. There is so much history. The tour guy Mario is incredibly knowledgeable and willing to tell you stories as long as you are interested and have the time. We spent 1 1/2 hours there. Time well spent.
  • Cool historic site to visit, working water grain mill. Cool the way community used to come together to mill grain, listen to music, etc. worth stopping by and reading the history.
  • This is a little gem of a historic site. There's a trail, restrooms and an old water mill that is still operational. You can buy tour tickets (and souvenirs) in the little exhibit room. Not sure if the tour guides are all like the one we had, but he was a blast. A retired engineer who knows his mill tech and loves to explain everything from the history to the mechanics. He definitely turned what is probably a very dry tour into an educational and engaging one.
  • The mill is a must see...8:30 hike and 9:00 tour through the mill that lasts 15 to 60 minutes (docents are there on Milling Weekends; check postings). Great story telling lots of fun and educational souvenirs are available. The history that happened on the spot is incredible and connects to so many other significant properties in the valley.

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