LOST MANSFIELD # 11: THE CONANTVILLE SILK MILL.
In 1853, Joseph Conant built a small silk mill and dye house on this site. The village that grew up around it soon became known as Conantville. The mill was purchased by Charles L. Bottum, W. E. Williams and D. P. Conant in 1856 and then passed through a number of hands.
The mill was doubled in size in 1869 when it was under the ownership of Charles L. Bottum. The last business to produce silk thread in this mill was Max Pollack & Co. which operated there from 1901 into the 1940s. The mill then had several incarnations — as a dance palace known as Pollack’s Park, a chicken farm, the All Day Motel (Mansfield’s first “wet” establishment), and finally as The Shaboo Inn, a popular nightclub in the 1970s into the early ‘80s. The music venue closed in April 1982 and then that August, the building was gutted by fire.
This series is made possible by a Capacity Building Grant from The Last Green Valley, Inc.