Saturday, September 28, 1:00 PM
Vicky Wetherell, co-author of our latest publication, Mansfield Depot and Merrow, will lead the narrated tour through the mill village and along the scenic Willimantic River.
She and Rudy Favretti are co-authors of the recent MHS publication, Mansfield Depot and Merrow. Join us for a walk down the village street and along the scenic Willimantic River (one mile round-trip). The tour will be followed by refreshments and a display about Merrow history in one of the original tenements, which is now the Mansfield Academy of Dance.
Merrow was once home to a gunpowder works (1811) and a stockinet mill (1838) that produced nearly 400,000 pairs of socks for the Union army during the Civil War. The company also developed the first machines to finish knitted fabrics, which later became its main business.
The tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. Directions: From the junction with Route 195, go south on Route 32 for eight-tenths mile. Turn right onto Merrow Road. Parking is available in the lots for the Mansfield Dance Academy where the tour will begin and end.
Our museum will also be open following the tour. Come see the display about the Merrow knitting mill that also includes examples of Merrow machines and many patent drawings of Joseph M. Merrow’s inventions.