The last water-driven beetling mill to survive in Northern Ireland, the Wellbrook Beetling Mill is now a museum dedicated to preserving the old-fashioned linen making process. The term “beetling” refers to the often-noisy process of water-powered hammers pounding the linen cloth to give it a smooth finish.
Located in a scenic wooded area near Cookstown and the Ballinderry River, the mill features guides in costume who conduct demonstrations of the workings of the mill and the actual making of linen.
Built by a family named Black around 1760, the two-story structure once housed seven beetling engines. Two of these remain in working condition. The National Trust now owns the facility. The surrounding land is popular for nature walks and picnicking by the river. The original mill keeper’s house stands next door.