123 Years of History

Raye’s Mustard Mill is the last remaining traditional stone ground mustard mill in North America.  At the turn of the last century, Raye’s Mustard Mill was built to supply mustard to the two dozen or so sardine canneries in Eastport, Maine and countless others along the coast of Maine.  Today, all of the sardine factories in the United States are gone.  But Raye’s Mustard remains as a living testament to the past. 

Four generations of the Raye family have owned and operated Raye’s Mustard beginning with J. Wesley Raye, who founded the business in 1900 and ran it until his death in 1948. His son H. Wadsworth “Waddy” Raye was at the helm for the next four decades until passing the torch to his son Donald and later to his daughter Nancy.

 Current owners Karen & Kevin Raye, bought the business in 2005, four years after leaving high-powered careers in Washington DC to move home to Down East Maine. You’ll find Karen at the mill day-to-day leading a talented team of employees who take pride in producing a one-of-a-kind and award-winning product.  She and Kevin, a top-selling local Realtor, work closely together providing direction, stewardship and a vision for the future. Together they have grown the business while honoring and maintaining Raye’s unique authenticity. brand essence and historic legacy.