The mill is available for milling by appointment.
Visitors can see it on operation at the Apple Festival which is held the last Sunday of every September, rain or shine.
The mill, even when it is not actively milling, is available for tours.
society.com to arrange a tour of the mill.
HISTORY OF THE MILL
The town of Busti was reluctant to transfer the deed to the property to a group of teens, but their idea had generated support in the community, and enthusiastic residents formed a non-proft historical society to manage the project and property. The society developed a festival to celebrate pioneer life as a way to generate money for the project, and the festival soon grew to become the Busti Apple Festival. Proceeds from the festival funded the restoration which was complete in 2014. The mill is the highlight of the festival which draws around 10,000 visitors for the one day event.
See more images of the mill in the General Gallery.
Click the links below to read historic documents about the history of the mill.
Busti Mill and Heman Bush
An article from The Chautauqua Genealogist newsletter from May, 1989, written by Busti Historical Society member Norman Carlson. This examination of secondary sources attempts to establish an accurate date for the construction of the mill and uses many historical documents relating to one of the town's earliest residents, Heman Bush.
Consolidated Restoration History
This document details how the mill came to be the property of the town of Busti. It describes the initial interest, in 1969, in restoring it to functionality for educational and utilitarian purposes, and how the project of restoration was taken up by three teens from the local Shamrocks 4-H club in 1970. It contains details about the process of getting the project started and the restoration itself. The article also contains a history of the Busti Historical Society.
Grist Mill in Busti 1871
Newspaper Article (Jamestown Journal) from December 19, 1971 written by (who?) giving interesting details about the operation of the mill. The article contains statistics about the size of the creek that supplied the power, the sizes of the stones and gears, the output or capacity of the mill, and more. This article was written at the height of the mill's importance in the town.
Mill History 2013
This document, titled "Mill Guide’s Handbook retyped work copy" is a long comprehensive history of the mill.
Contains a list of Historical Society presidents from 1972 to 2013 as well as the dates of major milestones in the restoration of the mill.