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Stafford Manufacturing Company Mill (John Kennedy Mill)
To the rear of this three-story mill with monitor roof, the Stafford cotton firm built its extension and other additions after acquiring the John Kennedy Mill in the middle of the century. The original Kennedy Mill, built at a time when factory construction in the state was generally moving from wood to masonry, is important as among the earliest extant brick mills in Rhode Island. In contrast to the early use of brick in Massachusetts factories, it is rare in Rhode Island before the Civil War, despite a few sizable outriders from mid-century and possibly James Bucklin's still unexplored early use of brick for some of his mills. Hence the extraordinary significance of this very early example, when the masonry thread mill behind it (
CF1), of exactly the same date, represented the progressive norm, while clapboarding was also widely employed. Masonry does occur in the granite trim of the broad, wall-like tower, as it continues in many other brick industrial walls after 1860 for functional and decorative purposes. Granite
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