Virtual History of the Old Mill with Karl Wietzel

Join us to learn about the “Old Mill,” the oldest functioning mill in the country, built in 1746 by Nathan Wilbur, a Nantucket sailor who had spent time in Holland. It is the only surviving mill of the four “smock mills” that once stood overlooking Nantucket town.

Tune in to learn more about this historic mechanical engineering landmark.


Explore these recipes using corn meal and more, inspired by the Old Mill!


Karl Wietzel is the Nantucket Historical Association’s Collection’s Specialist and Manager of K-12 Education. Mr. Wietzel holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and a Bachelors of Arts in History from Hartwick College. Before joining the NHA team, has held education and collection’s management positions at the Hanford Mills Museum, The Yaeger Museum of Arts and Culture, and the Fenimore Art Museum. In his current role, Wietzel divides his time between cataloging the NHA’s archaeological collection, creating family and student programming, and the interpretation and operation of the Old Mill.

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The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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