The Laurel Highlands offers much more than gorgeous landscapes and scenic, rolling hills. Indeed, this region of Pennsylvania has a rich past that you can discover as soon as you hit the road. With so many attractions to explore, it can be daunting to choose what to add to your itinerary; but there’s one place you simply can’t miss. The Saint Vincent Gristmill is a historic mill that offers the opportunity to learn and shop at the same time! Read on to find out more about the mill and start planning your visit today. Then, discover the rest of the area when you download our free Vacation Guide! It has great recommendations for restaurants, shops, events, outdoor adventures, and more.
What You Need to Know Before Your Visit to the Saint Vincent Gristmill
Pennsylvania is one of the most interesting states in the country. Between Amish heritage, historic sites, and countless museums, PA is the perfect playground for history buffs. The Saint Vincent Gristmill is no exception. This facility was established back in the 1850s when Father Boniface Wimmer, a Benedict monk, built the gristmill. The first batch of flour was ground in 1854, and production hasn’t stopped since. Today, Saint Vincent is a symbol of Western Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage.
The main purpose of the Saint Vincent Gristmill is to store and grind grains. Farmers from all over the area use it as well. When you visit the mill, you can see how the process works for yourself. First, the grains are placed into bins on the second and third floors. Then, they’re dropped into the basement with a chute. Once the grains are cleaned, they’re ground with two buhrstones. It is the friction between these two stones that makes the magic happen!
A variety of products are created through this process, and you can purchase a few at the gift shop after your tour. Pick up a bag of whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, bran, cracked wheat, wheat berries, cornmeal, buckwheat, or rye. All of the products are made from grains grown by local farmers. There’s no better souvenir to bring home!
Note: The mill is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Saint Vincent Mill is perfect for a day trip from Oak Lodge. It’s in the town of Latrobe, which is less than 30 minutes away from our inn! While you’re in the area, check out Fort Ligonier, stop by the Latrobe Farmers Market, or grab a delicious beer at the Four Seasons Brewery. The smoked porter is one of our favorites!
Stay in the Best B&B in the Laurel Highlands!
After exploring the Saint Vincent Gristmill, hop in your car and come back to your cozy room at Oak Lodge! Our beautiful inn is a gem of the Laurel Highlands and offers the peace and serenity you seek on your Pennsylvania getaway. Discover the gorgeous landscapes that surround our property and reconnect with nature in the best setting possible.
Browse our accommodations today and pick your favorite! They’re finely decorated and are equipped with the most modern amenities. Whether you prefer one of our main lodge rooms or a private cabin, one thing is for sure: you’ll go home feeling as relaxed as ever! Your stay also includes a delicious, complimentary breakfast. It’s so yummy, you’ll wish it was morning all day long!