A Trip Back in Time

I took a long Sunday drive to visit a National Historic Landmark in Southwest Washington State, the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time and waited until the autumn months to visit. This piece of Americana is a history buff’s and photographer’s dream! This 1876 built grist mill is located along the Cedar Creek, in Woodland, WA. It’s not far from Portland, OR and a good 2 hours and more drive from the Puget Sound area in Washington. The grist mill is open only a few hours each weekend afternoon, so plan your trip accordingly. It is really worth the drive! And fall time is a great time to visit, since the mill is located in a lush forest setting with lots of Fir trees and Bigleaf maples. Visitors can watch how grains are ground the old-fashioned way. There is also a really cool covered bridge one drives through to get to the small parking area. As well, there is a short nature trail along the Cedar Creek and through the lush, green forested area. The grist mill is a living museum. There is no fee to visit, but there is a donation box.

017Covered Bridge Entrance to Cedar Creek Grist Mill

078Peering through the Covered Bridge at the Grist Mill

079Front Entry to Cedar Creek Grist Mill

022View of Cedar Creek Grist Mill from Covered Bridge

Here are more images taken from the nature trail that runs on the other side of creek.

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All photos property of Peggy A Thompson

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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13 Responses to A Trip Back in Time

  1. Ah, the romance, the romance. This is a splendid photo essay. Hats off.

  2. An interesting piece of history, nice photos Peggy! 🙂

  3. Gunta says:

    What a fascinating spot. Looks like you did it proud.

  4. BriarCraft says:

    I discovered the Cedar Creek Grist Mill a couple of years ago, in mid-summer. It’s a fascinating place. You did a good job getting all the angles and viewpoints. The photo you shot from the covered bridge is very close to what I have seen on some postcards and calendars and I love that peekaboo shot through the mossy branches.

    • Thank you! Yes, Cedar Creek Grist Mill really fascinated me. Although the lighting is rather poor inside the grist mill, I love the smell of these old wooden buildings. It brings up memories of long ago …LOL I think I would like to visit during the early spring, when the water levels are much higher in the creek. Should make for some nice images.

  5. What a lovely place, Peggy. Your photos are stunning. Makes me want to go there too. The mill and the covered bridge are beautifully preserved. 🙂

  6. I have a great fondness for covered bridges. This one’s a beauty.

  7. A wonderful walk through time, love the photo series. I like to imagine myself in such places when it was originally built and life centered around the community.

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