Great Pancakes Are All in The Mix

May 21, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Skaneateles Lake

Waterfalls under the New Hope Mill

And the mix that has stood the test of time is New Hope Mills. New Hope Mills Pancake Mixes are the number one pancake flour in central New York and have produced quality products for more than 180 years. It is one of America’s oldest flour mills.

The mill was built in 1823 by Judge Charles Kellogg. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (1808-09, 1821-22) and later reelected to Congress (1825). Eventually the mill was sold to the Weed family, where it remains today.

The community, known originally as Sodom, was renamed New Hope when the mill was completed  There were 15 water-powered industries along from New Hope, winding along the Bear Swamp Creek, including a grist mill and a whiskey distillery, operated by a Mr. Carpenter after whom the beautiful Carpenter’s Falls is named. The trail that runs down the gorge rim is referred to as “Old Jug Path,” supposedly for the old dirt road it traces.

At this point in the story I need to get back to the origins of New Hope Mills, BUT, its well worth taking a long detour to my friend Kihm’s Skaneateles blog to get the FULL story of whiskey making on Skaneateles Lake.

Legend has it that men would row boats across the lake from Glen Haven (which was at the time was a famous sanitarium with “The Water Cure”) to buy whiskey where the creek met the lake, as alcohol was not available at the Spa.

Skaneateles lake

Bear Swamp Creek was the location for many mills.

Today Bear Swamp Creek and Carpenter’s Falls (Bahar Nature Preserve) is managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

New Hope Mills flours and mixes are produced the old-fashioned way.

The mill originally contained three runs of stone and had a capacity of 200 bushels a day. In 1892, the mill began grinding with roller mills, which are still in the mill today.

Although the waterwheel is most visible, the mill’s real power comes from the water turbine underneath the mill. The turbine can run all year round providing there is sufficient water.

Upper Falls

The mill has an ideal location and facilities for water-power. There is an upper millpond with a twenty-four-foot waterfall before the sawmill. The lower millpond before the flour mill has a twenty-eight-foot waterfall. Water can be stored overnight in the upper pond to run the mill the following day.

New Hope Mills Archive Photo

Although the mill is no longer used for producing flour. New Hope Mills operates much the same as it did in the 1800’s. The mill is being preserved with operations intact, with the goal of an operational museum. The flour mill has moved to a manufacturing plant in Auburn where they also now operate a storefront café, at 181 York Street.

The New Hope NY, (Moravia) location is now only open seasonally — June through the end of October each year. Tours of the mill can be scheduled by calling 315.252.2676. Please call for more information.

The Café is open for business Monday-Friday 8-4 pm and Saturdays 10-2.


Enjoy all you can eat pancakes, every Friday from 8-1, for only $3.99.

The record is 16 pancakes.

 And now, about the mix:

This photo is a REAL untouched photo made with New Hope Mills Pancake Mix + blueberries.


New Hope Mills

Blessed Blueberry Mother of New Hope

The World Famous New Hope Mills Pancake Mixes are free from all chemical additives and artificial enrichments.  Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Buttermilk the best seller (yellow bag) Complete Buttermilk, Oat Bran Pancake and Muffin Mix, Old Fashioned Buckwheat, Whole Wheat Pancake Mix and our Belgian waffle mix.

Visit the New Hope Mills website for a complete list of mixes and other specialty products.


Entry filed under: Activities, Dining, Environmental Protection Fund, Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Land Trust, New York, New York State Parks, restaurants, Skaneateles, Skaneateles Lake, whiskey. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

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