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Mills: A Glimpse of Rhode Island's Past

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“Mills: a Glimpse of Rhode Island’s Past” depicts the heyday of Rhode Island’s dramatic mill era.

The exhibit includes an array of photographs, plans, maps and industrial schedules depicting the period from 1858 to 1920 when mills dominated our economy and made Rhode Island the manufacturing capital of the nation.

The display also includes 32 recently discovered black and white images, taken between 1909 and 1910, that offer rarely seen views of mill buildings in Providence, North Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry, Lincoln, Scituate, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.

See the full exhibit for yourself at the State Archives, 337 Westminster St., Providence, through September 30. Free parking is available at the In-Town Parking lot across Snow Street from the State Archives. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Image of the rear of the Albion Mills in Blackstone, Rhode Island.


Image of the American Screw Co. in Providence, Rhode Island. The American Screw Company was organized in 1860, with a nominal capital of $1,000,000, and it immediately purchased the property of the Eagle Screw Company (1840) and New England Screw…


Image of the Anthony Mill on the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, Rhode Island.Built 1872-1874, the Anthony Mill in Coventry is one of the most architecturally elaborate mills in the state of Rhode Island. Anthony Mill's rubble-stone walls are clad in…


Image of the Berkeley Mills in Cumberland, Rhode Island.Berkeley is situated about half mile below Ashton, on the east side of Providence and Worcester Railroad, which runs between the village and the Blackstone River. The name of the place was…


Image of Brown & Sharpe in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown & Sharpe was founded in Providence, Rhode Island by David Brown and his son Joseph R. Brown. The elder Brown retired in 1841 the younger Brown formed a partnership with Lucian Sharpe…