Bosworth Secures Funding for Renovation of Historic Saddle Rock Grist Mill
Nassau County Legislator (D-Great Neck), joined by Saddle Rock Mayor J. Leonard Samansky, announced major repairs and renovations have begun on the historic Saddle Rick Grist Mill, the oldest continually operating grist mill in the nation and an enduring symbol of the Great Neck peninsula.
“These much needed renovations will ensure that the Saddle Rock Grist Mill will continue to be a destination for those seeking a piece of Long Island’s history,” Bosworth said. “This historic site will continue to remind Long Island residents of just how different life here used to be.”
The Saddle Rock Grist Mill dates its construction back to 1700 and was privately owned and operated by the Allen, Udall and Eldridge families. The mill was transferred to Nassau County in the 1950s after the death of then-mayor Louise Eldridge. It currently stands as an operating museum as part of the Nassau County Museum Division and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Work recently began to restore the Grist Mill to operating condition. The Mill was last restored in 1992 and continued to operate as a museum until the Mill fell into disrepair during the last several years.
“Judi took charge and followed up with County officials and she was instrumental in making funding available from the Nassau County Legislature to begin the restoration,” Samansky said.
Both Legislator Bosworth and Mayor Samansky said that “they looked forward to the restoration of a national treasure and the opening of the Mill to the public including the school children of Nassau County who used to regularly visit the Mill on school trips.”