Cotton manufacture, which began here after the War of 1812, was more impressively established when Elisha Harris, later a governor of Rhode Island, bought the mill and a large farm and erected a new stone mill. It is the third mill, that of 1851, which stands today in unsympathetic surroundings (Main Street at Harris Street, facing on Harris). This mill, of stuccosurfaced rubble masonry, is an important late Greek Revival survivor, even though it has lost the belfry from its projecting tower. Harris Street leads to an enclave of mid-nineteenth-century mill housing, well preserved but all aluminum sheathed. The approach into the village contains several mill owners' mansions, two of special architectural merit.
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