In partnership with the Village of Roslyn and Nassau County, the Roslyn Landmark Society launched a fundraising campaign in 2016 to restore the historic grist mill. To date, the Roslyn Landmark Society has raised a total of $1.95 million dollars for restoration efforts from various foundations, government grants, and through individual contributions. The New York State Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) awarded the project a total of $1 million dollars to aid in the restoration.

Restoration of the mill began in November 2018 and will be a multi-phased project over the next four years. The initial phase of the restoration has been completed, including safely staging of the work site, stabilizing the structure, and installing a temporary protective roof. Scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer, the building will be raised to street level, the first time since 1890, and the historic timber frames will be restored. With the approval of pending grant requests, the structure will be positioned on a new foundation and the timber frames reinstalled.

A new historic marker was also placed recently at the site. Stay tuned!

Landmark Grist Mill Set To Get Needed Restoration
Follow the above link to a recent CBSNewYork television report.

Roslyn Grist Mill, pictured above in 2015.

c. 1720
Village of Roslyn, Nassau County

A rare surviving early-18th-century industrial building, featuring unique Dutch framing methods. Owned by Nassau County, the Roslyn Grist Mill has stood vacant and deteriorating since the 1970s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, community members and local preservation groups have struggled to restore the structure for over a decade. Numerous false starts and a lack of clear planning for the building’s reuse delayed restoration efforts. Located in the center of the village at the head of the harbor, the Roslyn Grist Mill is ready to become the keystone for a downtown and waterfront revitalization initiative. Community support is necessary to strengthen the partnership between the County, Town of North Hempstead, Village of Roslyn, and Roslyn Landmark Society to establish a viable new use for the structure.

Click HERE to explore a remarkable archive at The Library of Congress containing photos and documentation of the Roslyn Grist Mill compiled in 1933 by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the United States Federal Government’s oldest preservation program.

Roslyn Grist Mill, pictured above in 1897. Image courtesy of Howard Kroplick, Town of North Hempstead Historian.
Roslyn Grist Mill, pictured ca. 1925. Image courtesy of Howard Kroplick, Town of North Hempstead Historian.
Roslyn Grist Mill, view from Old Northern Blvd, pictured above in 2015.
Roslyn Grist Mill, view south from NY-25A viaduct, pictured above in 2016.
Early phases of the restoration project getting started at the Roslyn Grist Mill, pictured above in April 2019.