As I mentioned last week, I’m on vacation now for two weeks. This week is a staycation and next week we’ll be renting a house on Cape Cod. We’re really looking forward to our week away but there are lots of cool places to visit while staying home, too. One place we visited was Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI.
Dale took a school group there last winter and he came home raving about it and telling me how much I would enjoy seeing the mills. He was right!
The setting is beautiful and even though it was very warm we had blue skies for our visit. The mill is right next to a water supply, of course, so that the machines could be operated by a giant water wheel.
I can’t remember the official names for everything we saw but there were huge looms and carders and electric spinners. Of course the photos I took of the circular sock machine looked like crap but it was a really neat sock machine that made argyle socks – so cool!
This machine loom fired the shuttles back and forth at a really fast rate. There were instances were children were maimed while operating the machine.
And this one makes shoe laces. I love all the colors and watching the braid being created right before our eyes was pretty neat.
I thought this was just a regular ole skein winder but the interpretor said it’s called a weasel and that the children would wind the yarn onto it while singing “Pop Goes the Weasel” and when the winder was full it made a popping noise and the children would know to stop. Fact or fiction?
Slater Mill was a great place to visit and one of those spots we take for granted like Plymouth Plantation or the Freedom Trail. I bet you have historical places right in your backyard, too. You really ought to go visit. Yes, that’s an order.