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Nov 27, 2010 - Watkins Mill State Historic Park

We went to Watkins Mill State Historic Park. It is the oldest wool mill in the United States. It opened in 1860 and operated until 1898. It made yarn and blankets. Watkins Mill employed 40 people (preferred hiring families where the father, mother, and children could all work at the mill) and processed over 60,000 pounds of wool per year. Much of the equipment in the mill are the only pieces of equipment still in existence. Most wool mills either updated their equipment or sold the equipment as scrap metal when they closed but Watkins Mill...

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