Come immerse yourself in mills! The Robbins Library Mill Brook display in the lobby portrays Arlington’s more modern history from the year 1637 – to the late 1800s. This display will run through the end of October.
For further information on Arlington mills head over to the Old Schwamb Mill, a living history museum at 17 Mill Lane, Arlington. This historic site has claims to be located on the oldest continuously used mill site in the United States. The Old Schwamb Mill is currently featuring an extended exhibit — A Brook Runs through it : Arlington’s Mill Brook legacy. An exhibit rich in information and design also includes kid-oriented mill-related crafts.
From 1637 until the 1920’s Mill Brook bustled with industrial activity, ranging from grist & saw mills to large-scale manufacturing of saws, spices, wheat meal, fur clothing, wood products, & calico printing.
The original source of water power was gradually replaced by stream & electric, but this once fast-moving brook was a major reason for Arlington’s growth from the colonial period throughout the late 1800s. Traveling nearly 3 miles – and dropping about 150 feet, Mill Brook once generated enough water flow to fill 7 large mill ponds that powered 8 different mill sites in Arlington.
From: Old Schwamb Mill Oktoberfest brochure
The antique toy baby stroller pictured to right that was found on Franklin St. 23 years ago was not actually made by BF Woods’ mill on the Mystic River. Let us know if you can identify it’s manufacturer!