Central Woolen Mills - Uxbridge MA
Posted by: nomadwillie
N 42° 04.802 W 071° 37.257
19T E 283203 N 4661986
Quick Description: This mill has been called many names including Calument, Hecla and Stanley Woolen Company. It had great significance during the War of Northern Agression making wool for uniforms. It is presently undergoing restoration and revitalization.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/23/2009 1:09:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM7GFW
He was an important industrialist in the Blackstone Valley, America's first industrialized region. Moses Taft built a woolen mill on the Blackstone River at Uxbridge, circa 1852. The mill ran 24/7 during the War of the Rebellion, otherwise known as the U.S. Civil War. Union Blue Uniforms were made at Moses Taft's Mill in historic Uxbridge. Moses Taft was a descendent of the famous Taft family in America which had its roots in Uxbridge. By the mid 1850's the mills of Uxbridge were producing 2.5 million yards (2 million square meters) of cloth yearly. Some of the earliest improvements of textiles, and their industrial processes occurred in the Uxbridge Mills including the Moses Taft mill, also known as the Calumet Mill. In later years after 1910, this historic mill became known as Wheelock Mill or Stanley Woolen, and then became part of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and was also used in the production of several movies including Oliver's Story, and The Great Gatsby.
Current Status: Still In Use
Current Use: Retail, Office, Undergoing Renovation
Provide a picture of the water mill with either yourself or your GPS visible. Name and brief history would be nice ONLY if not provided already.