About Kenyon's Grist Mill A grist mill is a grain mill that turns whole berries of grain or whole kernels of corn into meal or flour. At Kenyon's Grist Mill, we still grind in our vintage, 1886 grist mill and continue to use the original granite millstones quarried from Westerly, Rhode Island. These huge stones produce the exceptional texture and quality not found in modern, steel ground flours. Single pass stone grinding also preserves the vital, natural nutrition of the grains. Kenyon’s offers the ingredients that health conscious consumers are searching for - ground the simple, old-fashioned way of long ago. We produce a variety of wholesome pancakes mixes, corn muffin mix, Johnny Cake Meal, bread mixes, jams, and other meals and flours. Browse our online store or visit the shop at the mill. Our hours of operation are listed below.
Kenyon’s Grist Mill is the oldest manufacturing business in Rhode Island, dating back to 1696. It is the second oldest continuously operating business in the state, just behind the White Horse Tavern in Newport. We are regularly inspected by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the FDA, which qualifies us to ship throughout the country and stand behind our products' excellence. Customers have sought Kenyon's products for generations because of our honesty, dependability, and high standards. We take pride in doing business the right way and feel honored to be preserving a piece of Rhode Island's history. Kenyon's Grist Mill is always looking for new sources of locally grown grain, especially the very rare crop of Rhode Island Flint Corn. Although we try very hard to purchase our grains as local as possible, it is also important to consider the farming methods used. Our farmers source non-GMO seed and do no use pesticides. We do not use any additives or preservatives. Feel free to read about the difference between genuine stone ground products and steel ground products here. For recipe ideas, click here. For more updates on what we are doing, make sure you follow us on facebook here.
Current Hours of Operation ~ Weekdays and Weekends
The mill, office, and shop are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional weekend shop hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 27. We are closed on national holidays and are closed or have limited staff during the annual, community fairs we participate in. These fun, New England events are where we cook our famous chowder and clam cakes (using our very own stone ground yellow corn meal). For a list of dates and locations, as well as information on events at the mill, click here. For directions, click here.
Kayak Rentals ~ Scenic, Southern Rhode Island Rivers Open now! Explore hidden gems on some of the most beautiful, fresh water rivers in the state. Choose between the Queen's River (right behind the mill) or the Wood River or Pawcatuck River. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.QueensRiverKayaks.com.
Lightfoot's Pine Soap ~ Unbeatable Price!
This light, fresh scent will remind you of walking through a pine grove. It is like taking in a breeze from New England Pines. Hard milled and moisturizing, it will last in your soap dish without dissolving and leave your skin feeling soft. Made right here in Rhode Island, Lightfoot’s Pine Soap is produced by one of the oldest soap makers in the country! Kenyon’s Grist Mill is the premier national distributor for this natural product. It is so popular; we even offer this soap by the case to wholesalers, country clubs, hotels, and retail customers alike. To order retail, click here. For wholesale, call 800-7-KENYON.
Tour the Mill by Video The videos below remind us of Paul Drumm Jr., who purchased Kenyon's Grist Mill in 1971. He was truly a caretaker of a Rhode Island tradition. His legacy lives on with us every day (June 9, 1930 - December 14, 2013).
Up Next or Going on Now ~ Public Events and Demos We like to keep our friends and customers updated on what we are doing...right on our homepage and facebook. For a complete, annual list and more detail (descriptions, times, websites, etc.), please click here.
July 4: July 4th Celebration at Old Mountain Field, Wakefield/South Kingstown, RI ~ Purchase Clam Cakes & NE Chowder July 18 & 19: Summer Tour Weekend & Kayaking Event, Kenyon's Grist Mill ~ Free Mill Tours, Johnny Cakes & $10 Kayaking
Aug. 7 - 9: Charlestown Seafood Festival, Charlestown, RI ~ Purchase Clam Cakes & NE Chowder
Sept. 4 - 7: Woodstock Agricultural Fair, Woodstock, CT ~ Purchase Clam Cakes & Various Chowder
Sept. 18 - October 4: The Big E, West Springfield, MA ~ Purchase Clam Cakes & Various Chowder Oct. 24 & 25: Autumn Tour Weekend & Clam Cakes/Chowder Event, Kenyon's Grist Mill ~ Free Mill Tours, Johnny Cakes, etc.