by Randy Alkins
On October 30, 2016, 10 Healeys and 23 members drove to the Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown. Pa for a tour of the flour grinding and milling facility. The Mill is presently operated as a working flour mill distributing their product to various stores and restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia area. The owners, Mark and Fran Fischer, inherited the old mill from Mark’s grandfather and decided to reopen the 1800s mill as an active producer. We were shown around the mill operations which are still maintained in the old method of grinding with wheel and stone to produce flours.
The weather was perfect for Healey driving, with sunny skies and temperature in the mid-70s. The Neshaminy Creek runs alongside the mill, complete with waterfalls, and makes a most picturesque setting. We sat outside and enjoyed scones, coffee and conversation.
After the tour, we drove about one-half hour over back roads in Bucks County to the Pineville Tavern where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and comraderie.