Raye’s Mustard Mill is a working museum in the island community of Eastport, Maine, and the last remaining traditional stone ground mustard mill in North America. At the turn of the last century, when Raye’s Mustard Mill was built to supply mustard to the two dozen or so sardine canneries in Eastport and countless others along the coast of Maine, Eastport had a population of over 5,000. Today, all of Maine’s sardine canneries are gone, and Eastport has lost 75% of its population. But Raye’s Mustard Mill survives as a testament to the past.
In August 2017, Raye’s Mustard was named by MaineBiz Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Iconic Maine Products.” Fourth generation owners Karen and Kevin Raye are committed to maintaining one of the nation’s few intact and operating examples of Second Industrial Revolution manufacturing and a key tourist attraction drawing visitors to Down East Maine.
Each year, thousands of tourists from all 50 states and nations around the world visit the 115-year-old mill to see the production process first-hand, and enjoy a rare link to the past while learning about the history of mustard-making and its role in Maine’s bygone sardine industry. The mill is a major draw bringing visitors to eastern Washington County and providing a boost to local restaurants, lodging establishments and other tourism-related businesses in an economically disadvantaged county.The mill is a past recipient of the Maine Tourism Association’s Down East and Acadia Regional Tourism Award, and a visit to Raye’s Mustard Mill is ranked by tripadvisor.com as the #1 thing to do in Eastport, Maine.
The Museum is currently undergoing renovations and restoration. We have temporarily re-located our gift shop to Eastport's beautiful downtown at 54 Water Street. There you can purchase mustards (of course!) along with a wide array of gifts from Maine and beyond. There is also a video showcasing the mill's historic mustard making process - a great example of 2nd industrial revolution manufacturing at its finest.