From The Red Mill to Frenchtown, NJ

When I was just a lad in the Virgin Islands, my parents had a painting of a mill like this. I remember wondering if these kinds of scenes existed, and if so, where in the world would you find it?

Well, little Lyn, you can find this 4-story grist mill and historic site located along the south branch of the Raritan River in Clinton, New Jersey. It was built in 1810 to process wool and served several roles, including a wool processing plant, a peach basket factory, and a textile mill until it ceased operations in 1928. In 1960, a group called the Red Mill Five rescued the building and restored it to a museum.

Today, the Red Mill is one of the features of this quaint town.

I photographed it early in the evening, about 30 minutes before official sunset so that I could get a long exposure. The sun sets behind the bank of trees here, so you can’t take advantage of the golden hour. I would love to visit again during sunrise.

This location would also make an excellent location for fall colors or a snowy winter day. I might have to create a four seasons approach from this location. Stay tuned…


Frenchtown, another quant location nearby


About 30 minutes from the Red Mill, Frenchtown promises to transport you into a little European enclave. This bend was the most interesting stretch of the town. Take the photo, grab lunch, and mosey on down the road.

Another interesting corner in Frenchtown.