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Assabet Mills


Photographs, documents, and artifacts from the Assabet Mills and the American Woolen Company.


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Assabet Mills, Walnut Street-1867
Originally Walnut St. was laid out in 1865 and ran from Main St. to Thompson St. and was on the south side of the Assabet River, but in 1862 it was relocated on the north side of the river from Main Street to Parker Street and an iron bridge built. …

Weave Room - Assabet Mills
These four employees are some of the many who worked in the weave room.
Left to Right: (front row) W. Smith and H.Maynard (back row) W. Denniston and J. Brayden

 American Woolen Employees Outing  - ca 1907
Taken on the steps of the Congregational Church.

Picture "Mill Pond at the Time of Construction of Mill Building No. 1"
During 1916 and 1917 when No. 1 mill was being built it was necessary to drain the pond. This was accomplished by building a coffer dam from a point off Front Street to the grove off Sudbury Street (now the mill parking lot) and another coffer dam in…

Mill Pond at the Time of Construction of Mill Building No. 1 - 1916
A photo of people enjoying the opportunity to walk on the bottom of the Mill pond which was drained in preparation of new building construction.

Ben Smith Dam in October
Photograph of the Ben Smith Dam in October.

Mill Power House
Photograph of part of the Mill electrical power plant showing supervisors and staff. Generators and electrical distribution panels / switches are shown.

Boaters on the Mill Pond
Photograph of three gentlemen in a boat on the mill pond with Mill in the background.

Mill Workers - ca 1900
Photograph of a group of 13 mill workers and surrounding machinery. Note overhead drive shafts and belts that powered the equipment (looms?)

View of Maynard from Summer Hill - ca 1920
Photograph of Maynard Mill and Town from Summer HIll circa 1920. Summer Hill was used for grazing animals and was a popular picnic location.

Woolen Mill Power House - 1902
Photograph of the Mill Power House taken in 1902 showing huge steam-powered generators, electrical distribution equipment, wiring, and the operators of the equipment.

Note: ages of employees, employee sitting on top of one of the generators and on…

Assabet Mills and Canal
Photograph of the Mill and "canal" adjacent to Walnut Street (taken from the Main Street bridge) taken in 1915. Note the alternate or mis-spelling of Assabet ("Assabett") on the photograph. Also this is technically not the canal, but the…

Assabet Mills - Overseers - 1921
Photograph of the overseers of the mill taken in 1921.
Left to Right
Front Row
1. Harry Burnham 2. James J Morgan 3. Everett Troope, Sr (alternate spelling Troup) 4. Charles Courtney 5. Frank Prue 6. Joseph Donohue 7. Albert Easthope 8. Thomas…

Group of Assabet Mill Employees - ca 1900
Sixteen employees of the mill taken in the early 1900's, formally dressed.

American Woolen Company - Assabet Mills - ca 1900
Photograph of the Assabet Mills of the American Woolen Company taken in early 1900s. Note that the mill pond is frozen and covered with snow. Also note that there is set of 12 train cars running along the back side of the pond.

Assabet Mills - ca 1900
Photograph of the Assabet Mills complex and millpond taken in the early 1900s. Note the black smoke from the chimney.

Assabet Mills from Front Street - 1905
Photograph of Assabet Mills taken from Front Street in 1905.

Woolen Mill Construction - No. 1 Mill - 1918
Photograph of the construction of Building 1 of the Mill Complex in 1918. The mill pond was drained during the construction and the photograph shows the flume that was built to convey the canal water to the power house. St. Bridget's church is on…

Picture of Assabet Mills - 1881
A photo with a view from Thompson Street.

Brochure - American Woolen Company Mills - 1905
A book of pictures of all the American Woolen Mills properties.