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This linear mill village, the northernmost on the Woonasquatucket River (which eventually flows through downtown Providence), twice saw its livelihood consumed in factory fires. A cotton mill built here in 1824 was demolished in 1866 for a new woolen mill. It burned in 1872 and was immediately rebuilt. Fire took this building in 1980, after textiles had given way to furniture manufacturing. What remains of special interest are a row of workers' houses, mostly lined along the west side of Capron Road, which are recognizable despite abuse and renovation; the combined company store and post office; and houses, presumably for the owner and head management, with the burned-over mill site between them.

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Author: 
William H. Jordy et al.

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