It’s still possible to experience the last authentic vestige of New Jersey’s once-thriving cider and applejack industries. In 1848, John Ralston Nesbitt and his mother, Mary Ann Nesbitt, built a gristmill next to Burnett Brook in Mendham. Today, the stonewalled Ralston Cider Mill is the only operational cider mill functioning as a privately funded, not-for-proﬁt museum. Each October, visitors can watch traditional apple pressing in person, as the millers explain how waterpower transferred by shafts, pulleys and belts drives the large, powerful presses.
Of Special Note:
• The cider mill was converted into a distillery in 1910
• A hidden still allowed the distillery to operate through Prohibition
• In 1884, the Jerseyman newspaper noted: “Morris is said to be the greatest applejack producing county in the United States and Mendham is the leading township in the county”