Mill No. 2 and the North Grosvenordale Mill Historic District
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, the North Grosvenordale Mill Historic District preserves buildings—more than 100— that contributed to a thriving textile mill industry. The centerpiece of the district is Mill No. 2, a sprawling industrial facility that was built in 1872. The mill is four stories tall and is distinguished by two Romanesque-style towers that are six stories tall. Textile mills operated in North Grosvenordale from the early 1800s to the mid-1950s, when competition from the South forced them to close. Today, a few small businesses are located in the large mill building and civic leaders are developing economic revitalization plans they hope will attract more businesses to the area.
Backstory and Context
Coffey, Denise. "Thompson Awarded $170,000 Brownfield Remediation Grant." Hartford Currant. July 10, 2018. https://www.courant.com/community/thompson/hc-pk-thompson-170k-grant-0712-20180710-story.html.
Lee, Mara. "Thompson: Connecticut's No. 1 Manufacturing Workforce." Hartford Currant. April 11, 2011. https://www.courant.com/community/thompson/hc-xpm-2011-04-11-hc-thompson-factory-workers-20110409-story.html.
"North Grosvenordale Mill." Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Accessed February 1, 2019. https://connecticutmills.org/find/details/north-grosvenordale-mill.
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