Steam Powered History: B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill
Cider lovers, you’re in for a treat! Put B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill on your list of places to see in Eastern Connecticut. Clyde’s is the oldest steam powered cider mill in the United States, and watching the process is really very cool. The kids WILL love to watch up close.
Grab a cup of hot cider and a doughnut and watch the process apples to cider in one visit. Call ahead to be sure they are making cider the day you want to go if watching it is important to your visit.
Clyde’s is located in Old Mystic, a very few miles from downtown Mystic. They are also considered a winery specializing in hard ciders and apple wines, but they also have an amazing selection of jams, fudge, maple syrup, apple pies, honey, pumpkin bread, candy apples…the list goes on. It’s a great fall destination – gets you right in the mood of the season! There are picnic tables on the grounds where you can sit and enjoy the goodies.
Clyde’s gets pretty busy on weekends so be prepared. I know people who’ve relocated as Florida and drive back just to visit Clyde’s (and of course the gorgeous leaves). Trust me, it’s worth it!
For history buffs in the family, Clyde’s is a National Historic Landmark in its sixth generation. The building is a treasure, and it looks so New England-ish in the fall with pumpkins spread all over the yard amidst the leaves.