$1.64M raised for historic Roslyn Grist Mill’s restoration

$1.64M raised for historic Roslyn Grist Mill’s restoration
An archival photo of the Roslyn Grist Mill. The Roslyn Landmark Society announced that a fundraising effort had succeeded in securing $1.64 million for the restoration of the Roslyn Grist Mill. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Over $1.64 million has been raised for the Roslyn Grist Mill’s restoration, the Roslyn Landmark Society announced.

The Grist Mill, which was constructed between 1715 and 1741, is a unique surviving example of a Dutch-framed watermill. The National Register of Historic Places currently recognizes it as a historic site.

By early 2023, these funds will help finish the first phase of the historic building’s repair. This includes fixing the building’s original timber beams from the 1700s on-site, putting the restored timber frame back in place and lowering the structure into a new base.

The Roslyn Grist Mill Million Dollar Match Challenge was launched in December 2021 by Howard Kroplick, co-president of the Roslyn Landmark Society and his wife Rosalind.

Through June 30, all grants, awards, dues from members and sponsor contributions and grants were trebly matched up to one million dollars.

“Roz and I are extremely proud of the wonderful support given to the Roslyn Landmark Society and pleased that the Roslyn Grist Mill Million Dollar Match Challenge was successfully met,” said Howard Kroplick on the Roslyn Landmark Society’s website.

He said the restored structure will promote local economic development and investment. He added it will also offer historical and educational opportunities.

Over the last seven months, $636,924 was raised. A record number of 388 members, sponsors and supporters contributed $61,148. The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation and the Gerry Charitable Trust each awarded grants totaling $420,776 and $155,000, respectively.

The $1.64 million raised exceeded the intended target of $1.5 million. Grist Mill Executive Director Jennifer Lister said she was grateful for the overwhelming support.

“We’re especially thankful to the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, Gerry Charitable Trust and the Kroplick family,” she said. “[They] have answered the call to restore the mill and preserve an important piece of Long Island history.”

In May, Lister shared potential plans for the Grist Mill. She had stated that the mill’s most old components, the wheel and husk frame, will be restored. This will enable them to show how it functioned in its earliest days.

The Roslyn Landmark Society is a non-profit organization that was created in 1961. They aim to educate people about the history of Roslyn and its surroundings.

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