Windham Textile and History Museum


Textile making relies on the creativity of engineering design, and the Windham Textile and History Museum, occupying two 1877 former linen company buildings, tells the story. Dugan Mill depicts a late 19th-century factory setting, complete with an overseer's office and a fully equipped shop floor. Thread Mill Square II replicates a mill owner's mansion and a worker's house. The Dunham Hall Library contains a collection of architectural and engineering drawings. The former company was one of the first to appreciate the use of electricity for industrial lighting and installed a six-lamp arc-light system in one of the mill buildings in 1878.
Teaser: 
See how textiles and thread were made during the 1800s.
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Age: 
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Time: 
Full day
Discipline: 
Industrial & Manufacturing
State: 
Connecticut
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Fun Fact: 
The Willimantic Linen Company, which gave Willimantic its nickname of ""Thread City,"" produced more than 1,000 types of cotton and thread, from the strings on tea bags to the red thread used to stitch baseballs. At its peak in the 1890s, the mill produced 85,000 miles of thread each day; enough to wrap around the world three times.
Grade: 
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12
Topic(s): 
Technology/Materials
Teaser (NEW): 
See how textiles and thread were made during the 1800s. Admission: adults $3; students/seniors $2.