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Mills: A Glimpse of Rhode Island's Past


“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 Am Screw Co. in Providence, Rhode Island.

Image of the Anthony Mill on the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, Rhode Island.

Image of the Berkeley Mills in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Image of Brown and Sharpe in Providence, Rhode Island.