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Becca Barnhart | 09/11/2019 | Albany Area, Fall, History
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Cider Pressing Events at Historic Thompson's Mills

You know fall is on the way when it’s time for apple cider!  As with most products in the Willamette Valley, our cider making is part science, part art and a bit of magic. We’re constantly swirling, sipping and sampling to ensure flavor, never settling for second best.

Come press your own at one of our many cider events this fall including historic Thompson’s Mills from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sept 21st, or Oct 26th and learn a bit about the last water powered mill left in Oregon. Thompson’s Mills is a State of Oregon Heritage Site 

When: Sep 21st (and Oct 26th) Cider Pressing at Thompson’s Mills. Admission is free; donations accepted per gallon of cider

Where: Thompson’s Mills is located in Shedd, Oregon. The easiest (and most delightful) route is to take Hwy. 99E from Albany and travel straight through to Boston Mill Drive. Signs along the highway will direct you to the mill. The address is 32655 Boston Mill Drive.

Thompson's Mills originally ground wheat into flour for the local settlers who grew their own food for their survival but it later became a commercial flour mill, then an animal feed mill and finally a hydroelectric power plant. There were thousands of water powered mills at one point in Oregon, lumber mills, woolen mills etc,  but changing technology or fires or floods have slowly shut them down or wiped them off the landscape. The reason this mill survived and is still working is that the owners were tenacious, brave and always willing to adapt. They took chances with new technology and adapted the mill to keep up with society.... until 2004 when the mill was finally "retired" and Oregon State Parks turned the property into a State Heritage Site.
The result is an authentic original pioneer-built structure that the public can tour and see in operation for free. The tour is family friendly with lots of hands on exhibits including making your own flour and spinning the augers and elevators. If you save the scratch left over from making flour you can feed it to the heritage breed chickens and ducks roaming around the property.

Photos credits to David B Smith and contributions by Maddie MacGregor and Albany Visitors Assoc. 

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