The Wilkinson Mill - Pawtucket, RI
N 41° 52.653 W 071° 22.958
19T E 302291 N 4638925
Quick Description: A historical sign about the Wilkinson Mill is located on the grounds of the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 4/25/2009 7:42:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM690M
The historical sign reads as follows:
"David Wilkinson (1771-1852), a blacksmith from Smithfield, Rhode Island, moved to Pawtucket in the early 1780s. Wilkinson invented new machines, including a steamboat which he demonstrated in Pawtucket in 1792 (15 years before Robert Fulton's steamboat), a screw-cutting lathe in 1794 that became an industry standard, and by 1815, some of the first power looms."
"Wilkinson built this rubblestone mill with his father between 1810-11. The building housed a machine shop, a spinning mill, and a blacksmith shop. David Wilkinson worked with Samuel Slater and also produced equipment for dozens of other new factories. Today Wilkinson Mill houses a water-powered machine shop, a gallery, and administrative offices."
Organization that Placed the Marker: Old Slater Mill Association
Related Website: [Web Link]
Year Marker was Placed: Not listed
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