WILKINSON MILL


A Brief History: The Wilkinson Mill is located at 67 Roosevelt Avenue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Wilkinson family came to Pawtucket in the 1780’s. It is at this time that they set up a shop to forge anchors, build presses for oil works and mold iron screws used in paper pressing machinery. While Samuel Slater built the first water-powered textile machinery, David Wilkinson cast the first carding and spinning machines and became known as a master machinist. He created many machines that were popular through the nineteenth century.

The Wilkinson Mill was built between 1810 and 1811 on the west bank of the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, RI. The mill was built using rubble stone and was three and a half stories tall. The mill played a big role in the history of textiles, steam power and the development of the machine tool industry.


In 1829 there was a slump in the textile industry. This forced David Wilkinson to sell the mill and leave the business. In 1831 the mill was sold to William Field and Thomas LeFavour. They used the mill to produce woolen and knitted textiles. From 1873 to 1887 Lorenzo P. Bosworth had a machine shop in the mill. He produced tools for the jewelry and leather industry. The Wilkinson Mill was later sold to the Pawtucket Electric Lighting Company. The mill was restored in the 1970’s as part of the Slater Mill Historic site. You can visit the mill to this day.


Haunted History: Visitors have claimed to have seen a man standing by the stairwell and tries to lure you to follow him. Some people have claimed to follow him and when they go to the next floor he had disappeared. Visitors have also claimed to be touched by an unknown force some people even lightly scratched. Investigators who have investigated the mill have caught many unusual photos and EVPs while there.