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Thomas Arnold House, Ruins of the Arnold Acid Factory, and Arnold Cemetery (Historic Cemetery 42)

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Historic Cemetery 42
c. 1826. 1949 Flat River Rd.

The Arnold family cemetery enclosure is raised against a sloping field on a terrace fronted by a beautifully fitted, smooth-faced random stone retaining wall topped with long capping stones. Above this, walls of the same sort enclose the markers on three sides with the terminations sloped down to the wall below. The stone ruins beside it are the remains of the factory, where wood was processed into acid for the calico industry. Thomas Arnold returned to the family farm from Warwick to establish his factory, building his house—Greek Revival with additions—immediately adjacent. House, workplace, and cemetery exist in a spread cluster and recall a time when a venturesome farmer might make the transition to small industrialist.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.

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