Ralston Cider Mill Museum

336 Mendham Rd W * Mendham * NJ 07945 May Sun 1pm-5pm | Sept last two weeks Sun 1pm-5pm | Oct Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm

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”


Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 [email protected]