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April 1971


Slater Mill, the first textile mille built in Rhode Island, was originally constructed in 1793 by Benjamin Talcott and later improved by Sylvanus Brown who added the water wheel. The original building was two and a half stories with dimensions of 43 feet long and 27 feet wide. Today the mill and the surrounding buildings are a museum that "presents exhibits that cover the entire history of the industry in Rhode Island and the lives of factory workers and owners.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H. "Buildings of Rhode Island" Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 143-144


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


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