In 1900, J. Wesley Raye, the 20-year-old son of a sea captain, founded the business in the family smokehouse to produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning sardine industry.
In 1903, Wes moved The Mill to its current location, enabling Raye’s Mustard to be shipped out by both rail and steamship.
Today, the trains, steamships and Maine’s sardine canneries are only a memory. But Raye’s Historic Old Stone Mill, now a working museum, stands as a lasting testament to the quality and authenticity of a bygone era.
The Raye’s Mustard brand has been meticulously maintained by each succeeding generation of the Raye family. Today, Kevin and Karen Raye handle the stewardship; they have carefully protected the Raye’s brand essence, the quality and authenticity, all the while adapting to the preferences of today’s consumers.