John Rich II, an English-trained wool carder, founded four woolen mills in Clinton County in the 1820s and 1830s. This, the third mill, was built with partner Daniel McCormick on Plum Creek in 1830, and operated here until 1845. The company ultimately evolved into the Woolrich Company and moved to its namesake town when the water velocity of this creek proved insufficient. The three-story, gable-roofed brick building has twenty six-over-nine windows on the southwest elevation, allowing plenty of light for the close work involved in manufacturing woolens. A full three-story porch was useful for hanging wet woolen fleece to dry. Today the large building hosts a commercial establishment.
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Rich-McCormick Woolen Mill
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