“WOW! What a great field trip!
Hats off to you and your dedicated team for enabling us to have a wonderful experience. Adults and children alike thoroughly enjoyed themselves! The teachers all just keep saying how GREAT and well planned, organized, informative and educational the entire experience was.”
— Mendham Township fourth grade teacher
An Ocean of Apple Juice
In our Colonial past, so well represented in the Morris area of New Jersey, people had only their own muscle power and their animals to do all their work. When they discovered how to use the power of moving water, they could work faster and easier, producing an excess of goods to sell. The restored Ralston Cider Mill has become a treasured tourist attraction and valuable educational experience. Students can now experience how the inventions of water-powered mills for grinding, pressing, spinning and weaving machines changed America into the modern urban-industrial country we know today. School groups tour the Mill, see history in action and learn about the science of turning water into power. They also press apples on a small hand cranked press, which they find fascinating, and then taste the delicious result in a cup of sweet apple cider. Once a year, The Ralston Cider Mill provides actual apple pressings using the old mill machinery.
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