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Arnold Mills

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Until a fire in 1987 destroyed it, a dilapidated but picturesque wooden factory of 1825 provided the climax for this early-nineteenth-century mill village—the best preserved of its date in the state—and just as plans were underway for the mill's restoration. So the centerpiece of the village is lost, although the rest remains.

This was long an open farm community, its very openness making it vulnerable to development. We are concerned only with a tight cluster of houses and community buildings around a small mill site on Abbott Run, off a corner of the porous spread of the village; most specifically, along a curve of old Sneech Pond Road bypassed by Route 120. This bypassed section of the village was further protected from development by the incorporation of its millpond into the Pawtucket reservoir system, providing a wooded background for what is there.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.

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