Restoration: Horizontal Grist Mill

Over the years, the 18th century grist mill at Mission San José had fallen into disrepair. Rusted, non-functioning mechanisms reduced the mainstay of the community to a useless structure. Because the mill provides an important look at the ingenuity and food production that took place at the mission, the Mission Heritage Partners raised funds to return it to full operation in 1995. Garnering a mix of grants and local donations, the group was able to have the grist mill mechanisms replaced, as well as to restore the mill race leading water to the underground wheel.

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Mission Heritage Partners provide volunteer and financial support for the preservation, protection, interpretation and enjoyment of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Since 1984, the official friends group to the park has raised more than $4 million to benefit the San Antonio park. Additional support garnered by Mission Heritage Partners through advocacy efforts total more than $70 million in value.

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