Visiting the Museum
We invite you to visit the Chester Museum at The Mill, located just steps from the center of Chester on the historic 1850s Griswold Mill site, overlooking a waterfall and the Pattaconk Brook.
The museum is open weekends, June through October, or by appointment (call 860.526-5765). Hours are Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum will be open on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, providing a welcome respite from cooking leftover turkey or hitting the shopping malls. Bring your visiting family and show them Chester's history! We'll be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.
Admission is free, but donations are always welcome to support our efforts to preserve Chester history. Handicapped access is available.
Two exhibits, filling both floors of the museum, tell the story of the life, development and growth of Chester, since it was first home to the Wangunk Indians.
Recently we added Chester’s oldest artifacts – two millstones from the Waterhouse Gristmill on Goose Hill Road – to the front of our building. This was made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.
The millstones were cut approximately 285 years ago for a gristmill that operated from about 1740 until 1810. Be sure to read all about the millstones when you visit the museum.