Friday, October 9, 2009

Old Town Woolen Mill

Old Town Maine has been a mill town for over 150 years. We have seen saw mills, pulp mills, shoe shops, canoe/boat shops and woolen mills. Some are still here and producing and some are here, but serving other purposes.

The subject of this posting is the Old Town Woolen Mill. From Sanborn Maps this building is shown in place as a woolen mill in 1895, but it was there many years before that. In the 1960’s it was a shoe shop and today is called Penobscot River House (a retirement apartment complex).

It is sometimes confused with the American Woolen Mill which was south on N. Main St. At one time they were under one ownership.

I do plan on sharing more information in the future, but now it is about the pictures.

In the distance is the woolen mill, Indian Island would be on the left.

From the Milford side of the river.

A comment on the back of the above postcard states this is a place where he works with about 200 little french girls.

A little drama added to this postcard.

The road looks rutted and muddy.


  1. Betsy Huyett ParadisOctober 20, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Hi Scott, Nice photos of the Woolen Mill. The one just below the view from Milford is from an angle that I don't recall seeing before. It's nice to see the buildings across the street. I like the very top one as well. I bet some of those little French girls were my relatives(and your's too I suspect.)

  2. As I grew up so near to this building it is of great interest to me. My mother and aunts worked there as you expected. The buildings seen across the street also interest me and I will probably show them in more detail in future posts.